Pacquiao cries foul over BIR’s implementation of Warrant of Garnishment

November 27, 2013 10:18 am 

MANILA, Nov. 26 — Boxing icon turned politician Sarangani Rep. Manuel Pacquiao on Tuesday cries foul over the freezing of his bank accounts over a P2.2 billion tax case.

In a press conference,Pacquiao said he was forced to ask some friends to lend him money to buy some relief goods he had promised typhoon Yolanda victims.

“Matagal ko nang gustong tumulong sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo at lindol, pero ako po ay hinabla ng BIR ng P2.2 billion peso tax case na walang kabase-base at ang aking mga pera sa bangko ay ginarnish ng BIR,”. Pacquiao read in a prepared statement.

Pacquiao who went straight to General Santos City after winning the WBO super welterweight division in Macau, China against Brandon Rios of Mexico got disappointed after he learned that the BIR issued warrants of garnishment prohibiting him to withdraw any single centavo from his bank accounts.

“Hindi ako makapag-withdraw ni isang singkong sentimo sa sarili ko pong pera. Hindi ko magamit para man lang makatulong. Ang pera kong ginarnish ng BIR ay hindi po nakaw at hindi po PDAF o DAP, ito po ay galing sa lahat ng suntok, bugbog, pawis at dugo na tiniis ko sa boxing,” he explained in a live nationwide television broadcast.

He questioned the motive of the BIR for filing the case against him even if his camp has already provided the bureau with all the tax requirements and information it needed.

“The BIR claims I earned more than what I actually did, without any evidence to back it up. They ignored information given by Top Rank and HBO and insisted I have earned more. My lawyers have given them all the info that they want and they still refuse to believe. I really don't know why I am being singled out,” he pointed out.

According to Pacquiao, he instructed his lawyers to do all legal means to lift the decision so that he could extend assistance to the victims of calamities and to support the financial needs of his family.

Despite of this, Pacquiao is still busy preparing his own relief operations for Yolanda victims.

His staff informed reporters covering the House of Representatives that the eight-world division champion intends to visit Tacloban later this week.

Pacquiao insisted that he cannot ignore the people of Visayas who were affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” and the magnitude 7.2 earthquake.

As this developed, Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., distributed copies of the decision handed down by the Court of Tax Appeal on November 6, 2013 that has a marginal note on the last paragraph saying that BIR will not execute warrants of garnishment.

“The undertaking of respondent’s lead counsel not to execute the Warrants of Garnishment and Warrants of Distraint and Levy in payment of the supposed collectible taxes from petitioners until such time that the pending incident is resolved by the court is noted,” the order stated which was signed by Presiding Justice Roman del Rosario and his two associate justices Erlinda Uy and Cielito Mindaro-Grulla of the Court of Tax Appeal. (PNA)



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