BIR files charges against Pacquiao

Posted at 03/07/2012 5:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed charges against Sarangani Representative and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao for violating the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC).

This, after Pacquiao snubbed the BIR’s summons to present his tax records to the agency.

“Para makita ng ating mamamayan na wala tayong pinipiling mga personalidad, we have filed a criminal case against Congressman Emmanuel Pacquiao for violation of Article 266 of the National Internal Revenue Code,” Lozares said.

Lozares said they have long asked Pacquiao to submit his tax records so the BIR can check if he has any tax deficiencies.

“Last January 24, nagpadala po kami ng subpoena kay Congressman Pacquiao to appear before us dito sa regional office at magdala ng mga documents at yung tax records n’ya,” he added.

The BIR wants to investigate 33 tax records, including Pacquiao’s annual income tax return in 2010, his book of accounts, list of assets, as well as his earnings from his fights against Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey.

The agency also asked Pacquiao to produce 29 copies of his contracts for endorsements, including endorsements with Ricoa, Pagcor, and PLDT.

“Wala man pong ni isang document na naibigay sa amin si Congressman Pacquiao,” Lozares said.

“He was supposed to appear and bring the necessary papers and records on February 7, but hindi po s’ya nag-appear, much less nagbigay ng dokumento,” he added.

Lozares said they were forced to file a criminal case against Pacquiao after the boxer’s continued refusal to present his tax records.

The case is now with the Office of the City Prosecutor in Koronadal.

Pacquiao has denied any wrongdoing, saying, “Wala naman tayong tinatago, lahat ng dapat bayaran, binabayaran natin.”

According to the BIR records, Pacquiao is the richest congressman in the Philippines and is worth well over a billion pesos.

Section 266 of the NIRC states that “any person who, being duly summoned to appear or testify, or to appear and produce books of accounts, records, memoranda or other papers... neglects to appear to produce such books of accounts, records, memoranda or other papers, or to furnish such information, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than P5,000 but not more than P10,000 and suffer imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than two years.”  -- Report from Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN SOKSARGEN