CTA issues gag order vs Pacquiao, BIR on tax case
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) on Thursday issued a gag order against boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on the former's tax case.
CTA First Division presiding judge Roman del Rosario ordered both camps to stop speaking about Pacquiao's tax case publicly.
Pacquiao's lawyer Jason Fernandez said the gag order also includes Pacquiao's mother Dionesia and other personalities involved in the case.
The next hearing was reset to January 16.
The BIR is running after Pacquiao for back taxes from 2008-2009, worth over P2.2 billion. Henares said Pacquiao may have initially owed the BIR P1.1 billion, but the amount has since doubled due to surcharges and interest.
Pacquiao had filed a civil case against the BIR before the CTA questioning the tax liability. - Report from Johnson Manabat, DZMM