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Head of main Philippine tax agency quits
10.09.08, 11:34 PM ET



MANILA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The head of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the main tax agency in the Philippines, has quit, the government said on Friday.

Lilian Hefti, who formally took over as head of the BIR in September last year, submitted her resignation a few days ago and it has been accepted by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a palace spokesman said.

Hefti resigned for health reasons, the spokesman added.

A replacement will be announced after Finance Secretary Margarito Teves returns from an overseas visit on Saturday, the spokesman said.

The BIR accounts for about two-thirds of government revenue in the Philippines.

(Reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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