BIR to Pacquiao: Don’t blame us for losing endorsements


Manny Pacquiao. AP

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) told world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao not to blame the agency for losing endorsements following his tax spat with the government.

“The congressman himself is the one fuelling the controversy. We are only answering questions,” BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said.

The eight-time world champion, who is also a member of Congress, faces a criminal case for obstructing a tax investigation into his earnings, in a case that he says has cost him millions of dollars in endorsements.

Henares said the BIR was only asking Pacquiao, one of the world’s highest-paid sportsmen, submit records of his earnings so the agency could assess if he has any unsettled tax liability.

“Those who receive a letter authority are required to submit proofs of account, receipt, contract or IRS payment because we want a realistic assessment whether there is a tax due or not,” Henares said.

Pacquiao on Monday vowed to fight the case in court and accused the BIR of singling him out for harassment, without saying why he was being targeted.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima on Tuesday said the government was only doing its job.

“I don’t think the BIR will dare to harass an eight-time world champion. He is a national icon,” Purisima, whose department oversees the bureau, told reporters.

Henares said all that Pacquiao needs to do is submit the needed documents.

“Madali lang naman ang kasong ‘yan. Pag nag-submit ka ng dokumento, mawawala na yang kaso na iyan,” Henares said.

“The sooner he submits, the sooner this controversy will die down. Wala naman kaming sinasabing liability kaya nga ho namin siya iimbestigahan,” she said.

“We have to see the gravity of the violation if there are any. As of now we are not even talking of tax evasion. We are only asking him to submit the documents,” Henares said.

Seen as the world’s best pound for pound boxer, Pacquiao declared assets at the end of 2010 at P1.13 billion and no liabilities, making him the country’s wealthiest member of Congress. magazine estimated he spent $7 million in his election campaign in 2010 while also earning $35 million for his two fights against Joshua Clottey and Miguel Cotto.

Henares said in 2008, Pacquiao paid about P125 million in taxes but in 2009, he only paid P7-million.

“Bakit bumagsak eh paganda nga nang paganda ang career nya. Hindi s’ya nalalaos,” Henares added.

Pacquiao, who has a 54-3 win-loss record with two draws, stakes his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against undefeated American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on June 9. With Agence France-Presse

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  • Ramel Ramos

    Wow! This confirms that filipinos has Crab Mentality. Kahit dito sa US, it’s the flipinos putting down their own country men. Wow! I’m ashame to be a filipino. Philippines Gov’t know how popular Pacquiao is…They should have settle this in a nice way. Yes Pacquiao is a loser on this but the greatest loser is the filipinos all around the world. Filipinos and nations around the world knows how corrupt Philippines Gov’t is. And one of the top corrupt agency is the BIR. Philippine Gov’t just got the worst embarassment by touching Pacquiao. They could have just do this in nice way where Filipinos around the world doesn’t get embarass. The reason why Philippines doesn’t  improve? It’s because of BIR and Customs. You’ll know if you’re a businessman.

  • James Estillore

    simple lang ang solusyon diyan. magbayad nang tama at sapat.

    kasing simple lang nang kay corona. isulat ang lahatlahat.

  • Andre

    kung ayaw ni Pacquiao maharass ng mga taga BIR dun na lang sya sa Monaco tumira, tax haven yung bansa na yun, karamihan ng sikat na athlete dun nagsesetle, total marunong naman sya mag French,  tapos gambling capital pa yun o diba, mahilig naman sya magsugal eh mas accesible na sa kanya. o kaya pwede rin syang magpastor dun to spread the word of Christ, tapos magconcert din sya dun, sya yung magiging pinakasikat na singer dun, magiging host din sya ng isang show na di nya na kelangan mamigay ng kaperahan sa show nya kasi mayayaman mga tao dun. Meron pa syang pwedeng gawin, pwede syang maging head of state dun kalabanin nya si Prince Albert para matupad yung pangarap nyang maging head of state at ang platform nya masugpo ang kahirapan dun, magiging Prince Pacquiao na sya ng isa sa pinakamayamang bansa sa mundo diba galing nya na zero poverty yung bansang pinamumunoan nya…. san ka pa. si Pacquaio lang magagawa dun, syempre magboboxing pa rin sya at irerepresent nya pa rin yung Philippines tapos tayong mga Pinoy proud pa rin tayo sya ang the filipino import ever… hahhahahha

  • DaniloB

    ..kayo ang Boss ko means magbayad kayo ng tax dahil kailangan ang bawat tulong ninyo….

  • DaniloB

    dapat si Pacman huwag na siyang magbayad ng buwis sa Pinas o mag pakita pa ng documento dahil yung walong belt niya ay sapat na ma exempt siya….Kung gusto niyong excemted sa taxation ay maging OFW kayo at Hero like Pacman as long you win more than 5 belts!

    Si Henares at Purisma ay subukin mag boxing para malamam na yung Pera at endorsement ni PACMAN ay gift o gracia dahil sa binibigay niya ng prestige bilang Pinoy lalu na kapag na sa iabnag bansa ka….YUng mga ibang Pinoy na gumagawa ng kalokohan sa ibang bansa hindi nagbabayad ng tax dahil OFW daw!

    more knowledge is more dangerous than those little knowledge!

  • Payutenyo DAgimas

    to those who is pro pacman. read the national internal revenue code first. all citizens and residents are required to pay income tax on income earned within or without.  the tax paid in foreign countries will be treated either as tax credit with limit or tax deductions.

    a little knowledge is a dangerous thing is really very true…

  • tubig

    Kim Henares said “The congressman himself is the one fuelling the controversy. We are only answering questions,”… and then said ““Bakit bumagsak eh paganda nga nang paganda ang career nya. Hindi s’ya nalalaos,” …

    These are two contradicting statements… Pacquiao is supposedly fueling the controversy and then Henaris is insinuating that Pacquiao is tax evading…

    For BIR commissioner, her logic is so crooked…. Pacquiao’s career might be getting better, but that’s in the US (not in Philippines), where he was already taxed for his income… Why would you want to tax him again on earnings from a different country. He probably paid less in 2009 because he had less earnings in “Philippines” (not in US). He probably spends more (election, charity, game show) than what he earns from Philippine soil.

    I agree that Pacquiao, as a good citizen, should just simply comply with the requested documents… but BIR officials should do their homework before bringing this into public view… they are clearly harassing Pacquiao, most likely looking for a big payout to avoid controversies that will cause more money for Pacquiao… we all know how BIR officials work.. I’ve seen them in 5-star hotel lobbies, meeting with mostly rich Chinese business owners to cut deals on their taxes…

  • Menyet

    The best thing to do by Manny is migrate to US and i think US will welcome him. Who will suffer???????????????????

    • Wade Pineda

      Mas mahigpit IRS sa US. Kung gusto ni pakyaw ng tax-free dun siya migrate s Mid east.

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