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MANILA, Philippines – Tax lawyer Romeo “Jun” Lumagui Jr. was appointed BIR commissioner by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday, November 15.
Here are things to know about the new chief of the revenue bureau.
Education and career
Lumagui graduated from De La Salle University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
He studied at the Ateneo Law School and obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2005.
He soon after co-founded the Morales Justiniano Peña & Lumagui Law Offices, and was a partner until 2016.
He started a career in the BIR in 2016, where he became Regional Investigation Division chief in East NCR.
According to the BIR’s report on internal revenue collection, a total of about P600 billion was collected for the third quarter of the year (July to September). In October, according to a Bulletin report, the bureau fell short of its P187 billion target by P16 billion. Eyes will be on Lumagui for improved collections for the rest of the year.
In early November, Lumagui led a raid of a warehouse that contained between P15 million to P30 million worth of vape products. He was quoted as saying that illicit vape traders who do not comply with excise tax payments will face more challenges. “We are serious in our crackdown…Expect this is not the last.”
During his time at the BIR, Lumagui developed and oversaw the implementation of the bureau’s modernization program. He also headed the Assets Recovery Task Force and the Task Force on Direct Selling/Multi-Level Marketing and Investment Scams.
The Lumaguis are not strangers to the current presidential family. His wife Carmela Esquivas-Lumagui was part of First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos’ law firms, M & Associates in 2019, and MOST Law in 2015.
The Marcoses were also the couple’s wedding sponsors in 2019.
Former BIR chief Sixto Esquivas IV, who was BIR chief from 2008 to 2009 – during the presidential term of current Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo – is Esquivas-Lumagui’s father. – Pola Regalario/Rappler.com