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Court rules vs Claire.

Veteran singer Claire de la Fuente has been found guilty of indirect contempt by the Court of Appeals (CA) in connection with the P417.8-million tax evasion case filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against her and her bus company, the Philippine Corinthian Line Corporation (PCLC).

In a decision written by Associate Justice Pedro Corales, the CA ruled that De la Fuente and PCLC were guilty of forum shopping, a practice by some litigants to file multiple cases before the courts or quasi-judicial bodies in an effort to get a friendly judge to hand down a favorable ruling.

According to the CA, De La Fuente (Clarita de Guzman in real life) and PCLC filed with the appellate court a petition challenging the 2010 resolution of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who ordered the filing of a tax evasion case before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).

It said that while the case was pending with the CA, De la Fuente and PCLC filed a motion before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider De lima's resolution, and after the motion was denied, the singer and her bus firm filed a new petition with the appellate court challenging the denial of their motion.

"This Court cannot countenance petitioner's resort to the reprehensible practice of forum shopping which manipulates the court system, abuses its processes, degrades the administration of justice, and wastes valuable judicial resources," the CA ruled.


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Title Annotation:Metro
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Sep 4, 2014
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