Mendoza: Pacquiao not vs. Kim alone, but P-Noy, too

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Monday, December 2, 2013

IT IS not only that Manny Pacquiao did not submit certified true copies of his paid taxes in the US to the Bureau of Intern al Revenue (BIR). He also misdeclared his earnings in 2009, resulting in underpayment of taxes due the government.

That seems to be the contention of Kim Henares, the terribly strict BIR commissioner.

Pacquiao’s answer: “I already submitted to the BIR the pertinent documents to prove that I paid the correct taxes.” He also denied Henares’s accusation of misdeclaring his earnings in 2009.

Henares said Pacquiao owes the government P2.2 billion in taxes/surcharges from his boxing fees in 2008-2009. Pacquiao has denied that, saying he has already paid taxes in the US.

But Henares said she wants certified true copies of the payments, to which Pacquiao, citing Bob Arum, said it was impossible to do as America has different laws on the matter.

It would seem Henares doubts the veracity of Pacquiao’s statements, if not the documents earlier submitted by the boxer to the BIR.

A hearing on the tax case has been set on Thursday, Dec. 5.

If we go by history, many cases in this country take too long to resolve. Sometimes, they take forever.

Will Pacquiao’s case be the exception?

I think so.

In this small corner of the globe, a celebrity like Pacquiao always gets special attention.

And, it used to be that the special attention given the boxing icon would almost always result favorably in his favor.

Will history repeat itself, so that the special treatment Pacquiao had received under Ate Glow’s reign would be reprised?

I don’t think so.

Indications point to a terse treatment of the Pacquiao case if we go by earlier pronouncements of Henares.

“We are enforcing the law to everybody, rich or poor, famous or not famous,” she had said.

And even the president himself dipped his fingers into the row, which was utterly uncalled for.

“Pacquiao should not bring his tax fight to the media,” P-Noy had said. “He should face the BIR, instead.”

Did he have to say that? Or, did he have to make patol to the issue at all?

If you ask me, that was very un-presidential of him.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 03, 2013.


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