Mayor gives Philex taxes ultimatum
Saturday, July 14, 2012
ITOGON, Benguet — Mayor Oscar Camantiles recently set an ultimatum for the Philex Mining Corporation (PMC) to pay its due tax to the town.
Camantiles issued a letter dated July 6 to PMC chief executive officer Manuel V. Pangilinan, giving the company 15 days to communicate to the local government the settlement of its accumulated taxes.
Officials had been calling the attention of the company to pay its tax but to no avail.
The councilors stressed their sentiments about the corporation during their latest session. They said the company must pay its tax immediately.
The company denied paying its tax because of a boundary dispute between Tuba and Itogon. But Vice Mayor Noel Ngolob said this is not a substantive reason not to pay its tax because the company’s operation is not affected by the boundary dispute.
As to where to pay either to Tuba of to the town, Ngolob said there is no problem on this because the different stages of the operations of the company is well divided by areas of the two towns. It is not mixed.
Meanwhile, the council of Tuba had also been calling the PMC to pay its accumulated tax to the municipality.
The legislative body also revealed they heard reasons from the company about the presence of their boundary. But Vice Mayor Clarita Sal–ongan earlier said the reason is not substantive also.
Both the councils of the two towns claimed the company is allegedly just looking for excuses not to pay its accumulated tax.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 14, 2012.