MANILA — Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares has advised Filipino boxing star and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao to submit the pertinent documents required of him instead of throwing tantrums on television.
Speaking with reporters, Henares said she wonders why Pacquiao was quick to complain and cry that he was being harassed by the BIR when in fact he is only being asked by the tax-collecting arm of the government to show documents proving he had paid the right amount of taxes.
Henares said that the BIR was still in the first phase of the assessment process on the tax liability of the “People’s Champ.“
“Kung gagawin lang naman niya ang simpleng bagay na mag-present ng dokumento, eh, tapos na yung kaso. First step pa lang ito wala pa nga tayo sa pag-assess sa kanya,” the BIR commissioner said.
“The sooner he submits (the documents), the sooner this controversy is resolved. Wala naman kaming sinasabing liability, kaya nga ho namin sya iniimbestigahan,“ she added.
Sen. Ramon “Bong“ Revilla Jr. defended Pacquiao, saying that it is the job of the BIR to ensure proper tax collection and not to shame taxpayers publicly. “This is not the way to treat someone who we all consider as a contemporary hero who has brought great honor and pride to the country,“ Revilla said.
“Every time Manny steps into the ring, he carries on his shoulders the name and honor of the nation. Every punch he delivers and takes is not for himself alone but also for the Filipino people,“ added the senator. “Let us not forget what he has done for the Philippines.“
She recalled that the investigation started after the BIR noticed a sudden drop in the amount of taxes he had paid. From P125 million he paid in 2008, Henares said, it went down sharply to only P7 million the following year.
“Hindi naman siya nalalaos, lalo nga siya sumisikat pero bakit bumabagsak ang income niya,’’ she also said. (Manila Bulletin)