MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Monday said the reminder from Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) chief Kim Jacinto-Henares for boxing champion Manny Pacquiao to pay taxes was not meant to spoil his recent victory over American boxer Timothy Bradley.
“Perhaps it was just a reminder…at this point…I don’t think that she meant [it] to be a spoiler to his victory,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said during a press conference.
Valte issued the statement after Henares reminded the Sarangani representative during a radio interview to document how he settled his taxes in the US and report to the BIR.
After Pacquiao’s win over Bradley on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), Henares said the boxing champ now has around P2.56 billion in tax deficiencies, taking into account his new winnings on top of the 2008 to 2009 back taxes estimated at P1.1 billion.
Valte, however, said Henares does not intend to undermine the honor brought by Pacquiao. “She’s very focused on her job and her mandate. She does not intend to be offensive,” the Palace official said.
The BIR has been working with Pacquiao on how they can best settle the liabilities, she noted.
“We don’t mean to make it hard for Congressman Pacquiao,” she said.
In the same manner, she reminded citizens that the deadline for filing income tax returns is on Tuesday, April 15.
Resources and guidelines are available on Know Your Taxes Philippines and on the Official Gazette, she said. (MNS)