Binay wants probe of controversial BIR ad

Posted at 03/05/2014 11:55 AM

MANILA - Senator Nancy Binay is set to file a resolution seeking a probe into the Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) ad campaign amid complaints raised by doctors and other medical practitioners.

In a press statement, Binay said she wants to investigate how the controversial print ad was conceptualized and who decided to paint doctors as tax evaders.

"I am urging my fellow senators to look into whether the portrayal of doctors as a burden to other tax payers in the print ad was done in bad taste," she said.

The controversial ad shows a doctor perched on the shoulders of a grade school teacher. The blurb went on to say: "When you don’t pay your taxes, you're a burden to those who do. Do your share. knowyourtaxes.ph."

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has criticized the ad, saying it is unfair that doctors are being called tax cheats.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares, however, said the ad does not target all medical practitioners but only those who do not pay the correct taxes.

Binay, however, questioned why the BIR singled out doctors as tax evaders.

"Tama po ba na gawing ehempo ng tax evaders ang mga doktor na ating hinihingan ng tulong kapag mayroon tayong iniindang karamdaman? Kung may mga reports nga po ng mga doktor na hindi nagbabayad ng tamang buwis at hindi nagi-issue ng resibo—tama pa rin po ba na mag-generalize ang BIR sa mga advertisements na ito?" the senator asked.