MANILA -- Actor Zoren Legaspi, who is facing tax evasion charges filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, expressed his disappointment with the tax agency.
"Actually masama ang loob ko," Legaspi told reporters on Tuesday as he joined the cast of the upcoming series "Forevermore."
"Ayaw ko lang mag-elaborate kung bakit dahil wala din namang mangyayari pero inaayos namin 'yun ngayon. Pero unfair talaga," the actor said.
Legaspi, who is married to actress-host Carmina Villaroel, stressed that he didn't ask any help from their godmothers Kris Aquino and Senator Grace Poe because he believes that he didn't do anything wrong.
"Wala naman akong hiningan ng tulong because I feel that I'm not guilty. Kahit ninang namin si Kris Aquino, si ninang Grace Poe, hindi ako humingi ng mga tulong sa kanila because I feel that I have enough evidence to prove na hindi ako 'yung sinasabihan ng kung ano man ang ipinangalan niyo sa akin. I am on my own. Ginagawa ko siya kasi documents ko naman ay intact," Legaspi said.
Last May, the BIR alleged that Legaspi underdeclared his income for taxable years 2010 and 2012 by declaring only P6.79 million in 2010, and P1.82 million in 2012. This was compared to the alpha lists of withholding agents, which showed Legaspi received total income of P9.64 million in 2010 (underdeclaration of 42%), and P6.49 million in 2012 (underdeclaration of 256%).
Legaspi earlier expressed his willingness to cooperate in the investigation.
In June, Legaspi asked the Department of Justice to junk the P4.50million tax evasion complaint filed against him by the BIR, claiming that the BIR failed to credit his withholding tax for the years 2010 and 2012 in computing his alleged tax deficiencies.
He also added that the other tax identification numbers which his accountant had allegedly used were not his but only namesakes.
Legaspi reiterated he did not intend to evade the payment of correct taxes and that he is willing to pay any deficiencies.