A businessman was arrested this Thursday, January 19 for failure to remit the Social Security System (SSS) contributions of their employees, amounting to P1.6 million. Victor Caluag, along with his mother, Conchita was arrested by intelligence agents of the NCR Police Office at their house in Belair Village in Makati City. Watch TV5 news video below.
According to the report, Conchita and Victor Caluag are co-owners of Silverstream Publishing Corp, a publishing company in Makati that has been long closed. The P1.6- million SSS contribution that was deducted from their employees’ salaries from 2007 to 2011. The company is the publisher of the defunct newspaper, Commuter Express.
In his defense, Victor Caluag denied any wrongdoing and blamed the problem to their accounting department. He added he had not received any notice from the SSS to attend any hearing regarding the case. However, Stella Berna Valenzona-Inacay, lawyer of the SSS legal department, contradicted the claims of the younger Caluag against the agency.
Atty. Valenzona-Inacay noted that Caluag has already appeared in a hearing against his case but had allegedly “jumped bail.” She added that he eventually ignored it until the court judge issued a final decision, emphasizing that the case against them is non-bailable. Antonietta Henson, owner of Commuter Express, was arrested in September 2012.
Apparently, this latest action by the SSS is part of their intensified campaign against employers who failed to remit employees’ contributions. This move will also improve the collection as the agency is planning to implement the P1,000-increase in pension to its retired members, as recently approved by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself.
Meanwhile, the SSS is also looking for Dominador Lim, Florencio Lim, Rufino Tan and Manuel Lopez of Paladin Protective and Security Agency. According to the social insurance institution, the said company has non-remittance of SSS contribution of P16 million, which was deducted from their more than 400 workers from 1987 to 2013.