Celebrities, businessmen among top taxpayers

By Prinz P. Magtulis, BusinessWorld

Posted at Dec 13 2010 01:45 AM | Updated as of Dec 13 2010 04:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Celebrities like Wilfredo "Willie" B. Revillame and businessmen like San Miguel Corp. top honcho Ramon S. Ang landed on the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) list of the biggest taxpayers for 2009, along with telecommunication giants Smart Communications, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc.

The lists of top 500 individual and top 500 corporate taxpayers have been published on the bureau’s Web site, in compliance with Section 71 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 that states "the Commissioner may... publish a list containing the names and addresses of persons who have filed income tax returns," BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares said in a phone interview Sunday.

Ms. Jacinto-Henares said the publication of the names was meant to provide the public "good models."

The 2009 list of individuals was topped by Elaine B. Gardiola, treasurer of the A.E. Gardiola Construction, Inc. Ms. Gardiola, who was at fourth place in the 2008 listing, paid a total of P59.54 million in income taxes last year.

She took the place of boxing legend and Saranggani Rep. Emmanuel "Manny" D. Pacquiao, who placed only 113th this year with total income tax payments of P7.41 million. 

The top 12 individual taxpayers in 2009 were

#1 - Elaine B. Gardiola, P59.54 million
#2 - Rosabelle C. Bandong, P57.87 million
#3 - Wilfredo B. Revillame, P57.25-million (#2 in 2008)
#4 - Francis Carlo D. Taparan, P38.75 million
#5 - Ronaldo R. Soliman, P36.7 million
#6 - Ramon S. Ang, president of San Miguel, P26.44 million
#7 - Oscar M. Lopez, former chairman of First Philippine Holdings, Co., P25.70 million
#8 - Henry Sy, Sr., president of SM Investments Corp., P25.18 million
#9 - Carlos D.C. Ejercito, P25.02 million
#10 - Bonifacio D. Gumboc, Jr., P24.74 million
#11 - Maria Teresa Caridad P. Gallego, P24.45 million
#12 - GMA Network Chief Executive Officer Felipe L. Gozon, P22.19 million

Other businessmen on the list were 

#14 - Bank of the Philippine Islands President/CEO Aurelio R. Montinola III, P20.14 million
#17 - GMA President Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., P19.77 million
#19 - Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) Chairman Manuel M. Lopez, P19.32 million
#20 - Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, P19.28 million
#27 - UnionBank Chairman/CEO Justo A. Ortiz, P15.43 million
#33 - TV5 Pres. Ray C. Espinosa, P13.99 million
#37 - former Philippine American Life and General Insurance Co. Pres./CEO Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., P12.93 million
#55 - Metrobank Pres. Arthur V. Ty, P11.18 million
#76 - tobacco magnate Lucio C. Tan, P9.23 million
#242 - ABS-CBN Chairman/CEO Eugenio L. Lopez III, P5.15 million

Showbiz personalities were also on the list, among them

#18 - Sharon Cuneta Pangilinan, P19.55 million
#39 - Kristina Bernadette "Kris" Aquino Yap, P12.79 million
#50 - Piolo Jose Nonato Pascual, P11.51 million
#62 - Marian Rivera Gracia, P10.12 million

Media personalities also among the top taxpayers in 2009 were

#173 - Maria A. Ressa, P5.91 million
#175 - Julius Caesar C. Babao, P5.88 million 

Among companies, the top corporate taxpayers were 

#1 - Smart Communications, P10.2 billion, (#1 for the second straight year)
#2 - Globe Telecom, P5.49 billion
$3 - Chevron Malampaya LLC, P4.19 billion
#4 - San Miguel Brewery, Inc., P3.58 billion
#5 - Nestle Philippines, Inc., P3.55 billion
#6 - PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc., P3.53 billion
#7 - Shell Philippines Exploration, B.V., P3.24 billion
#8 - Meralco, P2.79 billion
#9 - Fortune Tobacco Corp., P1.88 billion
#10 - SM Prime Holdings, Inc., P1.82 billion

Others in the top 50 included

#21 - GMA Network, Inc., P1 billion
#25 - Wyeth Philippines, Inc., P878.06 million
#26 - Unilever Philippines, Inc., P836.5 million
#27 - San Miguel Foods, Inc., P807.42 million