MANILA, Jan 9 (Mabuhay) – Actor Robin Padilla criticized as “unjust” a proposed bill seeking to grant Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao a lifetime exemption from paying taxes.
The 44-year-old actor warned that the bill would be unfair, especially to those struggling to make ends meet.
“Pag nagkaroon ng tax exemption, magrereklamo ako. Magrereklamo ka, ang daming magrereklamo. Unang-una na riyan ang mga taong hirap na hirap sa buhay, ‘tol,” he said.
Padilla is referring to the proposed Bill 3521, otherwise known as the Pacquiao Act of 2013, by Valenzuela City Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo.
The actor said he believes the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) would not pursue the P2.2-billion tax evasion case against Pacquiao without basis or evidence, as he reacted to those defending the innocence of the Filipino boxer.
“Hindi naman hahabulin ang ating ‘Pambansang Kamao,’ ang ating bayani, kung walang katwiran ang BIR. Ngayon ang akin, karapatan din ni Manny na ipagtanggol ang sarili niya. Isa lang ang hindi dapat mangyari dito, ‘yung magkaroon si Manny ng tax exemption,” he said.
The BIR ranked Padilla 60th in its latest list of top individual celebrity taxpayers for 2012, while Pacquiao placed 36th.
Other than his political views, the action star also opened up about “10,000 Hours,” his latest film that won 14 awards in the recently-concluded Metro Manila Film Festival, including Best Actor for Padilla.
“Inabot kami ng mahigit dalawang taon. Maingat na maingat kami dahil halaw iyan sa storya ni Sen. Lacson. Hindi mo pwedeng babuyin yung pelikula. Mga galing ‘Bourne Legacy’ ang gumawa ng ‘10,000’. Magagaling ‘yung grupo ni Direk Joyce Bernal,” he said. (MNS)