Solon hails BIR move to shut down tax-evading offshore gaming provider

Published November 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Leonel Abasola

Senator Joel Villanueva lauded the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in a statement Wednesday for their intensive campaign against illegal operations of Philippine offshore gaming sector companies in Parañaque City.

Senator Joel Villanueva gestures during the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development hearing on the deaths of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), February 21,2018.(Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We credit our finance department for their relentless effort to keep business in check especially in settling their obligations to the government,” he said after the BIR also on Wednesday closed the operations of an offshore gaming service provider “for failing to register its branch offices in the city to pay taxes.”

Villanueva said the country is always “open for business as long as companies conform with prevailing requirements and pay its correct taxes due to the government.”

He pointed out that the BIR’s “steely determination” must serve as an example to other agencies including the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) that with the BIR form the inter-agency task force mandated to “stem…the influx of illegal workers.”

Villanueva chided the two other agencies, saying “Had representatives from the DOLE and BI joined the BIR’s operation this morning, a proper labor inspection in the office premises could have been done, while immigration officials could have inspected the work visas of the employees. We could have maximized the opportunity that BIR already had.”

Villanueva said he expects DOLE to stay committed to its mandate under the Labor Code “to only accept foreign workers in the country if there are no other capable, able, and willing Filipinos to do the job.”

“We hope that the inter-agency task force gets to fulfill the mandate they are supposed to do, and that is to prevent illegal foreign workers from coming into our country and take jobs away from Filipinos,” Villanueva said.