In The Know: Manny Pacquiao, BIR’s former poster boy


Sarangani Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao used to be the taxman’s poster boy.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) tapped Pacquiao in March 2009 to do a 30-second television commercial reminding people to pay their taxes.

Pacquiao topped the BIR’s Top 500 Individual Taxpayers list, paying over P125 million in taxes for 2008.

Four years later, the BIR  filed a complaint with the city prosecutor’s office in Koronadal against the boxer for his alleged failure to submit complete tax records for the year 2010.

BIR Deputy Commissioner Lucita Rodriguez said Pacquiao ignored summons issued by the BIR office in Central Mindanao asking him to explain his failure to submit complete documents for taxation.

Not tax evasion

The case against Pacquiao is not politically motivated, said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

“The case filed against Manny Pacquiao is not tax evasion. It was contempt. He was asked to submit documents and he failed twice,” Lacierda said.

In a statement on March 26, Pacquiao insisted that the case was without basis.

“Over the years as a boxer, a product endorser and a businessman, I have not shortchanged the government for what it is due,” he said.

He vowed to question the legality of the tax case filed against him.

Pacquiao said the BIR violated its own rules when it served the subpoena to a person unknown to him. He also questioned why the BIR served the subpoena in General Santos City when he is now a resident of Sarangani. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research

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  • wanglee

    Grabe na ang pangha harass ng Government sa kalaban nya sa Politika, Gobyerno misno ang nag hanap ng gulo sa bayan natin.

    • dagohoy620

       You don’t seem to know what you’re talking about, my friend! There is no harassment here!  The BIR was just requesting Pacquiao to submit his 2010 tax documents BECAUSE when he submitted his income tax returns, he failed to include his income documentation as EVERY taxpayer is required to do!

      Also, he was asked to do it TWICE, but TWICE, he ignored the requests!  Why?  Did he think that being te Pambansang Kamao and a congressman entitled him to ignore government agency requests?

      And it has NOTHING to do with the government!  It has EVERYTHING to do with his arrogance and failure to obey the law.  Congressman pa naman siya!

    • MariaVaerewyck

      Geez, wanglee, halatadong sanay ka sa palakad ng dating administrasyon ni gloria arroyo, palakasan, kurakutan at kung ano-ano pa, ngayon walang sinasanto ang bagong adminstrasyon ay harrasment at gulo kagad ang sinisigaw niyo. tama lang yung ginagawa ng gobyerno ngayon at saka kahit saan bansa naman kapag di mo isinama sa itr mo ang mga proper documents ay hahabulin ka talaga at kelangan mong mag-comply di pwede yung laban-laban sa court. Kung dadalhin mo sa court yang insignificant problem na tulad ng ke pacman, na hinihingi lang naman ng bir ang mga documents na hindi nila isinama sa itr eh sasabihan ka pa ng court na sundin mo ang hinhingi ng tax office at ibigay mo yung mga hinihingi nilang documents.

  • Lorelei

    I don’t think this is harassment. BIR is just doling its job. Masama ba na humingi ng tax records ang BIR? they are mandated to do so. They are not claiming that Pacquiao is a tax evader. All they want is the records. Kahit sa ibang pinoy ginagawa nila ito. Dahil ba sa sikat si Pacman eh exempted na siya? Do you think the government will harass Pacman? hindi naman siya against sa admin ni PNoy? He is not even a critic. The gov. is just showing  fair play when it comes to taxation. Kung sabihin naman ng iba na dahil sa malakas is Pacman, hindi na na che check ang tax records niya…. sala sa init, sala sa lamig.

    • Karabkatab

      I agree with most of your arguments.  Filing a case in the proper court doesn’t tantamount to harassment.  In fact, this is the most civil step in a democratic government since the concerned party is given the chance to explain his/her side. 

    • 19KaraniwangTao72

      If BIR can shows proof that they did the same to PNoy’s 1st family ( Kris Aquino, Danding Cojuangco etc.. etc..), & all his cabinets and I will agree it’s not HARASSMENT …

      • manks

         Nag babayad ng tama na tax c kris, hindi ka yata nagbabasa eh…

  • Pinoy_Reich

     Bakit ba pag sikat at nasa politika pinasasubmit ng tax returns ng BIR eh harassment na agad ang pilit na sinasagot? Lintek naman, tayong mga ordinaryong mamayan kung tutuusin hindi lang harassment ang inaabot pagdating sa taxation sa araw araw na pamumuhay natin. Putek talaga! 

  • simondj

    ayon procedural lapse pala, hindi natanggap, hindi sumipot, binaliwala. nakakatawa talaga sa pilipinas. dapat ang kasuhan post master, dahil hindi na ideliver ng maayos. imposible naman postmaster hindi kilala si pacquioa, eh ultimo paslit na bata kilala si pacquioa. ano na ba ang nangyayari sa pilipinas puro na lang ba procedures ang dapat sundin? o baka naman gusto si pacquioa ang maghatid ng mga documents in a silver plato?

  • Rednaxela VD

    Whether the charges are true or not, damage has been done already.

    It would’ve been prudent for the government not to let media get into the story and settle it with Pacman first.  But knowing the people now in government, they want to make pasikat without even thinking just like their boss who is sitting in Malacanang.

  • PH2011

    Just provide the records requested by the government.

    Period. No more brohaha…

     Better ask somebody to work for that records and pay for any tax deficiencies, probably the people who always surrounds your after the boxing matched.

    Para mi mga pakinabang at maka bawi ka naman.

    Then, don’t be too complacent. Concentrate, train hard for the fight against 28 years old Bradley.

    • Karabkatab

      MP Promotions is a business entity set up by Pacquiao to take care of his career. I believe, this entity maintains organized documents and records being a business organization.  If this is not true, then something is wrong with the people hired to run this business entity.  Pacman blowing his top with this routine tax problem is evident that indeed his MP Promotions is not functioning as expected.

      • MariaVaerewyck

        Eh usap-usapan nga sa gensan na niloloko si pacman ng mga taong nakapaligid sa kanya pati na yung lawyer niya, kaya di malayong may kinalaman yung mga nakapaligid sa kanya ang problema kinaluluklukan niya ngayon. Baka hindi nag file ng tamang tax kung sino man yung humahawak ng accounting or finances niya kaya ayaw ipakita or ibigay yung 2010 documents na hinihingi ng BIR. Siguro ay nasulsulan si manny ng mga nakapaligid sa kanya.

  • Karabkatab

    It would be wise and proper for all rising stars in sports and entertainment to acquire knowledge and education on personal finance management.  This way, they would be able to manage their expenditures wisely and be out of harm’s way comes tax season.  A lot of stars ended up bankrupt at the end of their career simply because of their insatiable desire to acquire things they don’t need.

  • 19KaraniwangTao72

    Eh kasi naman, bakit ba hindi pa rin COMPUTERIZED &  CENTRALIZED ang records ng BIR … edi sana di nyo na kailangan hanapan pa ng records ang mga tax payer.

    Ah, Oo nga pala, kapag COMPUTERIZED & CENTRALIZED na eh mawawalan na ng kotong ang mga magagaling mandoktor na taga-BIR …. aminin, it happens in the whole country …. Binabantayan nila yan, tapos pinupuntahan personally, bantay sarado nila ang entrance & exit, then if they found na malaki ang babayaran – they will negotiate from 30-40% of it, tapos sila na bahala mandoktor ….. Oops, sorry, nadulas lang… hirap talaga magsabi ng katotohanan.

  • Marlon Nery Lara

    He may the greatest boxer but he’s one lousy role model.  His ego is so gigantic!!!!

  • Jherald Doing

    iyan ang napapala ng mga hindi pumirma sa impeachment..


    Pacquiao paid more taxes than Henry Sy and Lucio Tan.

  • zafirol

    Another Mike Tyson ??

  • Dana

    How did Manny P. ended paying more taxes than Henry Sy and Lucio Tan?   Are some BIR officers on the take?

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