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Patching up the hero in Pacquiao

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Here’s an update on Manny Pacquiao’s noisy transcontinental tax woes.

Before last weekend, Pacquiao kept crying political harassment—the louder, the better—against the turbulent case of unpaid taxes hanging over his heroic head.

True enough, he gained ground, mainly after the case was unwittingly brought before gullible, sympathetic hometown admirers.

Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, in fact, went as far as to slam the Philippine government, branding the case against the boxing superhero “the worst brand of politics.”

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Short of landing a knockout punch, Pacquiao scored big win-win points after Arum sent copies of alleged certified true copies of Pacquiao’s tax remittances with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to Manila.

A tax appeal hearing was next scheduled in a local court on Jan. 16.

However, Pacquiao would not have a respite.

News next broke out from California that the IRS had slapped an $18.3-million federal tax lien on him. (An official reproduction of the lien was provided the Inquirer by an informant from Los Angeles, California.)

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Despite the stunning blow, Pacquiao refused to budge.

He again cried foul, with his adviser Michael Koncz, a certified Arum errand boy, predictably coming to his side.

Koncz adamantly claimed they have abided faithfully with the IRS requirements regarding Pacquiao’s tax remittances. He claimed he had all the documents to back his stand.

Koncz also called the evidence against Pacquiao a heap of horse dung (he actually used an unprintable expletive.)

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Things were going nowhere, until VisionQuest, the certified accounting firm originally handling Pacquiao’s tax payments, started to come out in the open to detail where Pacquiao and his tax people had erred and sinned.

These things took place before last weekend.

Then Koncz suddenly went missing, thereby fanning suspicions he must’ve flown the coop.

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Listen, please.

Yesterday morning, veteran scribe Nick Giongco said Pacquiao had dispatched Koncz to California “to fix his tax problems.”

Obviously, the core of Pacquiao’s tax woes lay in the dubious handwritten notations and documents which Koncz had desperately tried to pass off as legit, official receipts.

These, by the way, had all been rejected by the IRS.

If at all, Koncz, an anomaly, could have functioned perfectly in the staff of the untouchable bald jueteng king, a favorite of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in Pampanga.

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Anyway, the latest move is either a sign of surrender, or a bid to patch up his tarnished image on the part of Pacquiao, a national treasure.

But shouldn’t the Philippine government, harshly slammed by Arum, also help determine the role of the grizzled promoter in Pacquiao’s current miseries?

We owe it to the people to know if Pacquiao had been cheated, or if he willingly allowed himself to be fooled?

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(BIRTHDAY RACE: Two-time Tour of Luzon champion Jesus Garcia Jr. celebrated his birthday yesterday with a bike race in Calasiao, Pangasinan’s puto capital— “for health and fun”—for riders 40 and above. Among the riders was Garcia’s eldest son, Jazy, a two-time Guam Olympian.)


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  • junior tulo

    Nice to hear Jesus Garcia Jr. the former Tour of Luzon Champion.
    Reminisce of the Tour of Luzon ….Jose Sumalde, Rodrigo Abaquita, Cipriano Mariano, Domingo Quilban, Cornelio Padilla Jr.
    Remembering when I was a child, we used to listen to the radio.

  • nes911

    Whatever, pacquiao -as a good law abiding citizen, is bound to pay the taxes due him.

  • Hanna Miles

    Love Manny as he is actually our neighbor in General Santos. The big mistake he made is trusting Koncz who also had his own issues a few years ago with the IRS for unpaid back taxes. It’s like asking the blind to lead the blind when crossing a busy road. Not very smart but hopefully Manny gets rid of Koncz and actually hires someone who has the education and experience to really handle his affairs.

    • solamente

      Pacman’s problem is his inability to discern fantasy from reality.

      Being gullible is somewhat acceptable considering his educational background but to the point of being UTO-UTO is another. Else he won’t be signing contracts left and right, taking a suitcase of money from Dela Hoya as downpayment/bonus then eventually giving it back after Arum talked or threatened him out of it. If that is not being UTO UTO, then I don’t know what is.

  • solamente

    Many people think pacman is a smart person even without proper education.

    Well, I beg to disagree.

    UTO-UTO is as UTO-UTO does.

  • Talahib1952

    Lumalabas na ang totoo, kung hindi tax cheat si Pacquiao ( assuming he knows nothing of how Koncz manipulates his tax obligations), ay talagang tanga at bobo sya na nagdudunung dunungan !!!

    • Facilitator1

      NO COMMENT ako kung si PACQUIAO is a TAX CHEAT or not…pero, I’m sure he’ll pay for his mistakes–one way or another.

      Pero hindi TAMA o makatao na sabihin (na kahit sino) na sya’y TANGA at BOBO…parang absent ka sa GMRC class nung bata ka pa…PEACE

      • ed_nique

        i agree, it’s not right to call him names … in public.

        kidding aside though, even if will will come out later that people took advantage of him, he still cannot escape liability. too bad for him

    • wanderingpinoy .

      call somone a tax cheat if he does so wittingly/knowingly. call someone “tanga or bobo” if he is like you!!! Having said that, When you earn so much and is too busy or worse not knowledgeable enough to handle your finances, YOU HIRE SOMEONE WHO DOES, that’s the rationale of it. He entrusted ARUM & KONCZ with his career, finances and taxes (at least in the US). Lately, if all is true regarding his tax woes in the US (and in the Philippines), although the IRS will chase his arse (not Arum or Koncz), he can’t be faulted alltogether as it seemed that the duo has not done their jobs honestly. That won’t make pacman any stupid. There are several high profile cases going the same predicament as pacquiao does and that won’t make them any stupid themselves. The lesson here is that, NEVER hire dubious characters and entrust any that has to do with money unless you trust them completely even with your life. But that is easier said than done, pacman’s fault, if there is any, would be trusting ARUM & KONCZ with regards to his US taxes. From now on, he must consider hiring a third party that knows US taxation, whose job is to pay the RIGHT TAXES. He was assured and shown “legit” looking evidence that KONCZ/ARUM claimed they diligently and honestly paying his taxes, HINDI KATANGAHAN YON O KABOBOHAN.



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