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New BIR commissioner sworn in

ROMEO D. Lumagui, Jr. has been sworn in as the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, after having served as the agency’s deputy commissioner of operations, the Palace announced.

Mr. Lumagui, a tax lawyer, took his oath on Tuesday, the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) said in a statement.

Mr. Lumagui headed various task forces at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), such as the Assets Recovery Task Force, which generated collections of P833.69 million, and the Task Force on Direct Selling/Multi-Level Marketing and Investment Scams, where assessments totaled P792.56 million, the OPS said.

He has served as technical assistant to the commissioner, and tax fraud head for Revenue Region No. 6 (Manila), Revenue Region No. 4 (Pampanga), and Revenue Region No. 7B (East National Capital Region).

He also served with the BIR’s project management and implementation service, which develops and oversees the BIR’s modernization program. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza