“No shame campaign against Pacquiao please. Collect taxes. Do your job. But do it with respect and with dignity. That is the Filipino way. Even in collecting taxes,” Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said amid reports that the Bureau of Internal Revenue has reminded Rep. Manny Pacquiao about the need to pay the corresponding tax of his prize money in his fight with American boxer Timothy Bradley at the MGM Arena last April 12 (April 13 Manila time).
Pacquiao avenged his 2012 loss to Bradley with an unanimous decision in his rematch with the previously unbeaten American boxer at the MGM Grand Garden last April 12 (April 13 Manila time) and claimed the WBO welterweight title.
Cayetano said that while Filipinos here and abroad are unanimous in hailing Manny Pacquiao in his most recent victory, the BIR here seems to be more eager in publicly flashing his tax scorecards.
“Hindi naman po yata tamang i-demonize natin si Manny na walang ginawa kung hindi maghatid ng karangalan at kasiyahan sa ating bansa at sa lahat ng Pilipino sa buong mundo,” the senator said.
“I understand the BIR’s role and mission. Athough tax collection is unpopular, it is necessary. But don’t destroy the very few things that make Filipinos unite and make us forget the calamities, problems and harshness of life, even if just for a few hours or a day,” he added.
Cayetano said that the BIR should let the legal process take its course in the case of Manny Pacquiao, not in the media. “Don’t give him special treatment, but don’t crucify him in public every opportunity you get. Don’t be overacting (OA), or Kulang sa Pansin (KSP).”
“Malacañang should not be so quick in defending its appointees. A reprimand is in order. Being interviewed or asked by the media is not an excuse. The commissioner could have said ‘no comment,’ and reminded Manny privately of his obligations,” he said.#