MANILA, Philippines - Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares says Senator Ralph Recto has no reason to feel slighted by the criticisms he faced over the Senate version of the sin tax reform bill.
In an interview on DZMM TeleRadyo, Henares admitted she was dismayed by the Senate ways and means committee report on the six tax bill, but clarified she never said that she felt betrayed by Recto.
"Hindi ko po maintindihan kung bakit ho siya magtatampo sa akin. Kasi first, pag binasa n'yo yung artikulo, di ko naman sinabing 'I felt betrayed.' Sabi ko some of our people felt betrayed," she said.
"Parang nung nag-umpisa ito hanggang ngayon, parang may portion sa akin na inihahanda ko ang sarili ko na madi-disappoint ako. Kasi itong reporma na ito is 14 years in the making so hindi naman ito ganoon ka-simpleng reporma. Kasi kung simple lang yan, bakit 14 years ho nating hindi maayos-ayos ito? So yun yung sabi ko, wala naman akong sinabing 'I felt betrayed'," she added.
Henares said she respects Recto's decision to resign as chairman of the Senate ways and means committee.
"Karapatan ho niya yun kung ano sa tingin niya ang dapat niyang gawin... Wala naman akong opinyon kasi maganda naman ang relasyon namin sa pagtatrabaho. Hindi kami sa lahat ng bagay nagkakasundo pero professional lang naman yung relationship namin and so far, okay naman," she said.
The BIR chief said the legislature should support the government's plans to collect more taxes from cigarettes and alcohol since it will be allocated for universal healthcare and for the benefit of tobacco farmers. - Report by Nikki Delos Santos, DZMM