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Binay rival to show proof of 'ghost employees'

Manila (25 October) -- A week after winning the first round against Malacaņang, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay may have to step back into the ring.

This, as former Makati councilor and Binay's rival in the 2004 mayoral race came out on Tuesday with what he said as proof to his allegations that there were "ghost employees" at City Hall.

Oscar Ibay, who had a falling out with Binay in 2003, showed media voluminous documents allegedly proving that 80 percent of the city government's employees have been working for the past eight years without a taxpayer identification number (TIN).

The documents, which Ibay said were given to him by "informants" at the Makati City Hall, showed that there were 9,792 government employees in Makati without a TIN in 2001; 7,597 in 2003 and 8,068 last year.

He added that the veracity of the figures were attested to by Elizabeth Sacramento, head of the document processing section, and Roberto Baquiran, revenue district officer of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) district office.

"Mayor (Binay), if you said you run the city like a private company, then explain why 80 percent of your employees do not have TINs." Ibay said, noting that all workers are required to have a TIN as required by the law.

He gave three explanations for the alleged irregularity: one, withholding taxes deducted by City Hall are not remitted to the BIR; second, taxes are remitted to the BIR but are not properly claimed by employees in their annual income tax payments, or the names on the payroll are fictitious.

When asked whether he could identify the ghost employees, he said, "These documents have made it clear that those without registered TINs are ghost employees." (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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