3 June 2021 – A man providing janitorial services to a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) branch in Lipa City, Batangas was nabbed Thursday morning due to fixing.

The suspect was identified as Jonel D. Samontañez, 26.

Initial report revealed that the suspect was arrested during an entrapment operation of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) at 9 a.m. today following a complaint referred by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).

The ARTA Investigation team said the suspect, who is a building attendant under the Janitorial Services of BIR Lipa, pretended to be a member of an office in the agency that issues Certificate of Registration (COR) for business permit.

Samontañez reportedly asked for P5,000 from the undercover agent in exchange of fast issuance of COR. He is currently undergoing the booking process before PNP-CIDG in Batangas.

Possible cases to be filed against him are violations of the Republic Act no. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, Revised Penal Code and other issuances.

ARTA Secretary Jeremiah Belgica is also mulling on issuing a Show Cause Order (SCO) against the head of BIR Lipa to explain the incident.

END