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BIR to conduct “lifestyle check” on officials linked to jueteng

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will conduct a “lifestyle check” on officials linked to jueteng after two whistleblowers released the names of government officials allegedly involved in the illegal numbers game.

At a news briefing, BIR commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said the investigation will begin with the list of names disclosed at the Senate this week.

Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz testified at a Senate hearing this week about government officials allegedly involved in jueteng.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on the other hand, gave a privilege speech on Wednesday, naming persons allegedly involved in jueteng operations nationwide.

Henares said a lifestyle check could uncover information on whether the alleged government officials involved in jueteng are paying the proper taxes and where their money is coming from.

Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who was present during the briefing, said she will also check whether there are high-profile jueteng cases pending before the department. (PIA)