MANILA, Philippines - Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares once again debunked Sarangani Rep. and 'People's Champ' Manny Pacquiao's allegations that he is being harassed by the bureau in connection with a probe into his tax returns.
Speaking to reporters at the Department of Justice (DOJ) this morning, Henares stressed that what Pacquiao only has to do is submit the documents required of him by the BIR regional office to prove that he is paying the right taxes.
"Kung gagawin lang naman nya ang simpleng bagay na magpresent ng dokumento eh di simple. Tapos na yung kaso. First step pa lang to wala pa nga tayo sa pag-assess sa kanya... The sooner he submits, the sooner this controversy will die down. Wala naman kaming sinasabing liability kaya nga ho namin sya iniimbestigahan," Henares said.
"Those who received are required to submit proofs...contracts...because we want a realistic assessment whether there is a tax due or not. You are given a long time to comply. It's a long, long time, sometimes it's frustrating but you are given numerous chances. Pag di talaga pumunta, isa-subpoena namin, pag di pa rin, kakasuhan ka namin for failure to obey summons," she said.
Henares said the BIR is not to blame for endorsements Pacquiao supposedly lost due to the issue.
"Yung sinasabing pinresscon sya ng BIR I believe the Koronadal [BIR office] was having a kickoff of their tax campaign. So may nakaalam na, so tinanong yung regional director namin, sinagot lang yung tanong... Madami daw nawalang endorsement. Hindi naman ho ang BIR ang nagsasalita... kung may nangyayaring publicity, finufuel yan ni congressman himself," she said.
"We have to see the gravity of the violation. As of now, we are not even talking or thinking of tax evasion. We are only asking him to submit the documents," she added.