Lawmaker questions BIR warrant on Pacquiao's accounts

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MANILA -- The chairman of the House committee on games and amusements want to investigate the "appropriateness" of the warrant of garnishment issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao's bank accounts in relation to his P2.2-billion tax case.

In House Resolution 579, Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr. sought a joint probe, in aid of legislation, from the House committees on ways and means, and games and amusements, where he is chairman.

"Due to conflicting claims of the parties, there is a need to verify the accuracy of statements of the parties involved and whether proper procedure in the BIR’s authority to issue distraint, levy and garnishment has been followed, particularly in connection with unreported income earned abroad by a professional boxer," Barzaga said.

Pacquiao was coming from a boxing victory against Brandon Rios in Macau when the news report on the warrant of garnishment came out in the media.

Pacquiao then appealed to the BIR to lift the warrant, saying it prevented him for readily extending assistance to victims of typhoon Yolanda in Visayas.

"Representative Pacquiao’s numerous feats and accomplishments in and outside the boxing ring is definitely the pride and glory of every Filipino and his recent ring victory became the source of hope and respite especially in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that devastated most of the Visayas region and other parts of the country, hence it is essential that the tax issue with the Bureau of Internal Revenue be immediately resolved," Barzaga, an accountant-lawyer, said. (Sunnex)

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