BIR joins probe of Bautista's alleged ill-gotten wealth

The Bureau of Internal Revenue will investigate COmmission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista after his estranged wife Patricia revealed he has allegedly amassed almost P1 billion of ill-gotten wealth.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said he met with BIR Commissioner Cesar Dulay regarding the issue of Bautista.

Aguirre wants to know it the Comelec chair is paying the right taxes amid the allegations tagged against him.

"We need to see if there are tax liabilities based on the affidavit and documents we have gathered. The BIR wants to partner with us in this investigation," said Aguirre.

Based on the progress report submitted to Aguirre, the NBI has coordinated with various agencies including the Anti-Money Laundering Countil to examin the more than 30 passbooks presented by Tish in an interview.

Bautista's camp said they welcome any impartial investigation so that the Comelec chief can prove that the accusations against him are baseless.

"We welcome any impartial investigation as this will be an opportunity for us to prove that the accusations against Chairman Bautista are baseless and fabricated," said Atty. Arnel Diaz, legal counsel of Bautista.