Sen. Drilon welcomes the moves of BIR to file tax evasion charges to Cunanan and Neri

By Jason de Asis


SENATE OFFICE, Manila, November 5, 2010-Senator Franklin Drilon, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee welcomes the move of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to file tax evasion charges against former SSS president Romulo Neriand SSS chairman Thelmo Cunanan for their failure to declare their appropriate incomes.


“There should be criminal liabilities on the part of the SSS officials who exercised their stock option by sitting in the boards of private companies,” Drilon said, adding that unearthed grave abuses on excessive compensation the members of the governing boards of state firms receive.


The senator said that if they argued that they used their own money in exercising their stock option, the money that they received from it should have pertained to the pension fund that they represent, adding that these are trust funds that do not belong to themselves and to the government, but to the workers. It is the fiduciary obligation of the commissioners of SSS to protect the trust fund and not appropriate for themselves huge amounts of money in the form of obscene allowances.


The senator has filed Senate Bill 2566 or the proposed GOCC Governance Act of 2010 as a result of the investigation on unwarranted benefits of state firms. An initial hearing on the proposal has been scheduled on November 8. (Jason de Asis)