PHL ready to assist two Filipinos convicted of tax evasion in Mongolia

By on February 3, 2015

DFA Building / Wikipedia photo
DFA Building / Wikipedia photo

MANILA — The Philippine government stands ready to provide assistance to the two Filipino mining executives convicted of tax evasion in Mongolia.

Cristobal David and Hilarion Cajucom Jr., along with an American national, were each sentenced to more than five years imprisonment on Jan. 28, 2015. They were all former officials of mining company SouthGobi Sands, a Mongolia-registered but foreign-controlled firm which extracts and sells the coal to China.

“We have been closely monitoring this and we have made representations with the Mongolian government,” Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said on Tuesday.

A consular team from the Philippine embassy in China, which has jurisdiction over Mongolia, was deployed to capital Ulan Bator on Feb. 3.

“We have sought permission from the Mongolian government to visit the two Filipinos,” Jose said.