Workers gather around Pacman vs Henares

Posted at 04/15/2014 12:55 PM

MANILA - The Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) slammed Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares for supposedly trying to maliciously steal the spotlight away from boxing champ, Manny Pacquiao.

In a statement, KMU Vice Chairperson Lito Ustarez said: “We condemn Bureau of Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Henares and the entire Aquino government for taking advantage of Pacquiao’s recent victory to try to shame the boxing champ in relation to his tax responsibilities.”

A day after the boxing icon snatched back his WBO welterweight title from American Timothy Bradley, Henares reminded him of his tax deficiencies. She said Pacquiao's standing tax due from previous years is now more than P2.7 billion as of April 2014, due to interest.

Henares said Pacquiao has not been paying income taxes in the Philippines on his winnings for his previous fights in 2008 and 2009.

“The Aquino government claims that it is happy with Pacquiao’s victory but is maliciously trying to steal the shine from his recent win.

We are revolted by this government’s media blitz against Pacquiao despite its failure, if not refusal, to go after the country’s biggest tax evaders, smugglers, and plunderers,” Ustarez said.

He said workers are angry that the government is going after Pacquiao “who risked his life and limb for his wealth, not the do-nothing and parasitic hacienderos, compradors and bureaucrat-capitalists who lord it over the country.”

“The government has no one to blame but itself for its desperation to get a share of Manny’s hard-won wealth. It has refused to build basic industries, privatized its major assets, provided big capitalists with generous tax cuts, allocated a huge part of public funds to debt payments, and allowed corruption to thrive,” he said.

Pacquiao is a champion of the P125 across-the-board wage hike for workers.