BIR not harassing Pacquiao — Purisima

March 28, 2012 12:59 am 

MANILA, March 27 – Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima on Tuesday clarified that the government is not harassing world boxing-icon Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao when a case was filed against him for his failure to heed summons for tax documents.

“I don’t think the BIR will dare harass the eigth-time world champion. I believe this is just the BIR doing their job. No one is exempted from being investigated by the BIR,” he said.

BIR Region 12 has filed a case against Pacquiao for violation of Section 266 of the Tax Code when he failed to submit tax documents needed for the auditing of his taxes.

Earlier, Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said the boxer-cum-lawmaker was being investigated because his tax payments declined amid the rise in his revenues.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, filed a counter suit claiming that he is being maligned by the BIR Region 12 Director Perfecto Aranas. He said some of his endorsement abroad had been pulled out because of this issue.

However, Purisima said that the BIR had a “duty to make sure that we review everyone’s income tax return.”

“I don’t think Congressman Pacquiao should take this personally. I bet you most BIR people are fans of his and this is only the BIR doing their job,” he said.

“And I think just like any citizen of (the) Philippines we should open our records when asked for by the Bureau,” he said. (PNA) RMA/JS/utb

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