IN one fell swoop, the camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. on Wednesday (December 22) quashed the claims by those opposing his candidacy that he has not paid the taxes and fines in his tax case, by showing documents and certification from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that proved otherwise.
In a press briefing, Marcos’ lawyers, through spokesman Atty. Vic Rodriguez dropped a bombshell when he presented a BIR certification issued last December 9, 2021, indicating among others that BBM made full payment of taxes and fines in his tax case.
The document signed by Arsenio Tomeldan of the Collection Section of BIR Region No.7B-East NCR of Revenue District Office No.42-San Juan, specifically indicated that Marcos paid the amount that covers the computation of deficiency income taxes and fines covering the taxable years for 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1985 at the Land Bank of the Philippines.
The total deficiency taxes and penalties paid in 2001 amounted to a total of P67,137.27, the exact amount stipulated in the 1997 Court of Appeals (CA) decision.
Collection Section Chief Adelfa L. Mateo, attested the certification which was noted and signed by Revenue District Officer Thelma D. Mangio.
"This certification from the BIR is an undeniable proof that former Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. complied with the payment of deficient taxes and fines as ordered in the 1997 CA ruling,” Rodriguez said.
“This invalidates the 'mother of all lies' being propagated by some petitioners bent on derailing his presidential bid in the 2022 elections," he added.
Rodriguez was referring to the petition lodged by a group represented by former Supreme Court (SC) spokesperson Theodore Te and other groups seeking Marcos Jr.'s removal from the list of official candidates from the ballots for the 2022 national elections.
Rodriguez said the petitions are nothing but 'nuisance' petitions before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) attempting to deny due course or cancel Marcos’s certificate of candidacy (CoC).
To recall, Te and the other petitioners proffered a certification from the Quezon City -RTC, stating that it has no record on file showing Marcos’s payment of the taxes and fines for the 1995 RTC and 1997 CA decisions.
Rodriguez, however, argued that since the QC ruling did not specifically indicated in its decision where to pay the fine, Marcos opted to comply with the ruling by paying at the BIR which is the office mandated to collect taxes paid by taxpayers.
“We hope that with this certification, all issues arising from his alleged non-payment of taxes will be finally put to rest, and that we can now all celebrate Christmas with peace of mind,” the lawyer continued.
"Former Senator Marcos's call for unity extends even to the groups who filed the petitions seeking his disqualification. The UniTeam sees it as the only way to move past this pandemic and uplift our people. We hope that they join us in this endeavor," Rodriguez stressed.
BIR nagpatunay na bayad si BBM sa tax dues
BINASAG ng kampo ni presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. nitong Miyerkules ang paninirang ginagawa ng mga kritiko hinggil sa umano’y hindi niya pagbabayad ng buwis, nang ipakita nila ang sertipikasyon ng Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) na nagpapatunay na mali ang lahat ng akusasyon laban sa dating senador.
Sa ipinatawag na press conference, mala-bombang pinasabog ang katotohanan ni Atty. Vic Rodriguez, chief of staff at tagapagsalita ni Marcos Jr., nang ipresenta niya ang BIR certification na inisyu noong Disyembre 9, 2021 na nagpapatunay na bayad na ng dating senador ang lahat ng buwis at multa hinggil sa kontrobersiyal na tax case.
Ang dokumento ay pirmado ni Arsenio Tomeldan ng Collection Section ng BIR Region No. 7B-East NCR ng Revenue District Office No. 42-San Juan na nagsesertipikang bayad si Marcos Jr. sa lahat ng ‘computation of deficiency income taxes and fines’ mula sa mga ‘taxable years’ ng 1982, 1983, 1984 at 1985.
Ang ‘total deficiency taxes and penalties’ na binayaran noong taong 2001 ay nagkakahalaga ng P67,137.27 na siyang eksaktong halaga na ipinag-uutos na punan ng 1997 Court of Appeals (CA) decision.
Pirmado rin ang naturang dokumento ni Revenue District Officer Thelma D. Mangio ng BIR's Revenue District Office No. 42 - San Juan.
"This certification from the BIR is undeniable proof that former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. complied with the payment of deficient taxes and fines as ordered in the 1997 CA ruling. This invalidates the 'mother of all lies' being propagated by some petitioners bent on derailing his presidential bid in the 2022 elections," wika ni Rodriguez.
Partikular sa pinatungkulan ni Rodriguez ang petisyong inihain ng grupo ni dating Supreme Court (SC) spokesperson Theodore Te na humihiling na tanggalin sa balota ang pangalan ni Marcos Jr. bilang isa sa mga opisyal na kandidato sa pagkapangulo sa darating na 2022 national elections dahil sa ‘convicted’ ito sa hindi pagbabayad ng tamang buwis.
Ani Rodriguez, ang petisyon para ipakansela ang certificate of candidacy ay hindi lamang panggulo sa kandidatura ni Marcos Jr. kundi isa ring malaking abala sa gawain ng Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Kung matatandaan, si Te at ilan pang petitioners ay nagsumite ng sertipikasyon mula sa Quezon City RTC Office of the Clerk of Court na nagsasabing hindi umano nagbayad ng buwis at multa si Marcos sa naging desisyon ng Regional Trial Court noong taong 1995 at CA noong 1997.
Sinabi ni Atty. Rodriguez na dahil walang malinaw na kautusan ang QC-RTC kung saan dapat bayaran ang buwis at multa, mas minabuti ni Marcos na bayaran na lang ito sa BIR na ahensiya ng pamahalaang may mandato sa pangongolekta ng buwis.
Dahil dito, umaasa ang kampo ni Marcos na mabibigyang tuldok na ang isyung ito.
“We hope that with this certification, all issues arising from his alleged non-payment of taxes will be finally put to rest, and that we can now all celebrate Christmas with peace of mind,” sabi pa ng abogado.
"Former Senator Marcos' call for unity extends even to the groups who filed the petitions seeking his disqualification. The UniTeam sees it as the only way to move past this pandemic and uplift our people. We hope that they join us in this endeavor," sabi pa ni Atty. Rodriguez.
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