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Has Pacquiao been ‘impeached’?


HOW MUCH has the controversy over his incomplete tax records affected Manny Pacquiao, both here and abroad?

“Floyd Mayweather Jr. has put an end to Pacquiao’s stranglehold in the Ring magazine’s Best Fighter Poll,” reporter Nick Giongco bared yesterday. “In the Ring’s May 2012 issue, Mayweather emerged as top vote-getter from the majority of 10 fight scribes polled by editor in chief Michael Rosenthal.”

Mayweather got 5.5 first-place votes, Pacquiao received 3.5.

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Did the tax controversy, which was also played out in foreign media, affect Pacquiao’s stature?

There was no reply from Giongco at presstime.

Of course, it will affect Pacquiao, advised the scholarly Tony Bulatao, self-taught sociologist and favorite nephew of the unsinkable Fortunato Abat, retired Armed Forces chief of staff.

Not only that, Bulatao added, it is inevitable that Pacquiao would be compared to Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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How and why? Do you think his demotion in the Ring Best Fighter Poll is akin to an impeachment?

“Just like Corona, Pacquiao readily cried harassment,” Bulatao explained.

But their cases are completely different.

“Yes, the BIR only wanted to compare notes with him on his tax records,” the sidestreet scholar explained, “but it was Pacquiao himself who blew it up.”


“He challenged the BIR to a court slug-out.”

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Well, Pacquiao has every reason to react belligerently.

“Of course, the exchange between him and the BIR chief was nothing short of damaging.”

What do you mean?

“It has divided people, those who think he should be given due respect and those who swear there should be no exception when it comes to public accountability.”

Compared to Corona, do you mean that, in case of a public survey, Pacquiao’s trust rating would also drop?

“Maybe not, but who can tell?”

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Anyway, Giongco also noted that Pacquiao had topped the same poll for three straight years (2008 to 2010) but gave way to Mayweather in 2011. The survey was participated in by a select group composed of Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Ron Borges of Boston Herald, Gunnar Meinhardt of DieWelt (Germany), Gary Poole (Time International) Norm Rosenheim (Ring contributor), Keith Idec (The Record and Herald New of New Jersey), Harry Pratt of Daily Star (Britain), Rick Reeno of boxingscene, Don Rafael, and Giongco himself (Manila Bulletin).

Here at home, several colleagues in Congress readily gathered around Pacquiao.

Sen. Joker Arroyo, who said Pacquiao did not sign the impeachment complaint against Corona, decried the “timing and manner” of the BIR investigation of the boxing superhero.

Explained Malacañang: “There are certain documents that the (BIR Mindanao) regional office is asking for, but the lawyers and staff of Congressman Pacquiao have not complied with. There’s nothing more to it.”

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The odd thing is that the controversy heightened almost immediately after Pacquiao’s solemn claim that he had talked to God in a dream.

After that dream dialogue with his Creator, Pacquiao also said he was looking forward to retiring ahead of schedule.

It was not easy to explain. But it could be that the New Manny Pacquiao, as the national treasure had described himself, suffered another off-night—just like what happened in his last bout with Juan Manuel Marquez—in that clash with the BIR.

Maybe it was all the fault of his lawyers, says the battle-scarred police colonel Pat Piñol in Kidapawan.

“Pacquiao definitely has good intentions, but he’s only human.”

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  • Kikita Karin

    ang ginawa ni manny pacquiao is self destruction… Mga advisers ang author niyan. Mga lawyers are also “bobo” gusto kasi nila may pagkikitaan kahit na alam nila na sila pa rin mali. Sayang ka pacman!! Sabi mo kinausap ka ng Panginoon, pero taliwas naman ang inaasal mo. Bakit ayaw mong mgbayad ng tamang buwis? Bakit nag decreased na mas marami ka na ngayong indorsement at malaki ang mga natatanggap sa pagkapanalo  mo sa mga laban. Sa pagbayad mo ng tamang buwis, ma i-share mo mga Blessings…. Sana me enlightened ka Cong. Manny Pacquiao…

  • philcruz

    When a multi multi-million taxpayer’s taxes suddenly drops tremendously in just one year, it is normal for the BIR to ask the taxpayer to clarify why. But ego in the Pacquiao camp has taken over. Humility has taken the back seat. Thus the arrogant stance of the Pacquiao camp. And bringing along ten lawyers to confront the BIR is not the way to clarify things either.

  • okabato

    Pacquiao can not ignore the BIR and hope his problems will just go away. The only way out of this is to settle and pay fines if any. The sooner it ends the better for his image here and abroad.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Pacquiao- just settle the BIR issue and move on! Wtf.


    BIR is the most important govt agency????????????????? I thought I misread to most corrupt. BIR LTO, Customs to name few are the most notorious branch of government agency having multiple records of corruption and kick back, pressuring people to negotiate to their terms in making money.

  • PHtaxpayer

    “Pacquiao definitely has good intentions, but he’s only human.”
    I love Pacquiao but he is uneducated and ignorant when it comes to law and politics.  
    While we do not like to pay taxes, fact is, the BIR is the most important govt agency…if it misses its targets, the people will suffer.

  • pekpeknio

    born against ka na kasi that’s why! BALIMBING na CONVERT!

    • dodong1

      pek pek mo

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