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CNN Philippines : Bongbong Marcos complied with tax case ruling, camp says

News & Interviews
4 December 2021

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4)— The camp of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. maintained that the presidential aspirant has complied with the court's ruling on his previous tax case.

"We have complied, and we are very confident with our answer as submitted before the Commission on Elections," Marcos' spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez said in an interview.

"Now if they have other issue or matter that they would like the Comelec to take up, then it is within their legal right to do so. But we have complied," he added.

On Friday, petitioners against Marcos' candidacy said the former senator has "no record" of compliance of payment with regards to the 1997 Court of Appeals decision on his tax case. The group led by lawyer Theodore Te cited a document from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

According to the petitioners, Marcos was ordered by the appellate court to pay a fine of ₱2,000 for each count of the non-filing of income tax returns for the years 1982, 1983, and 1984, as well as a ₱30,000 fine for 1985 "with surcharges."

He was also tasked to pay the Bureau of Internal Revenue the deficiency income taxes due with interest.

Marcos' camp on Saturday disclosed documents showing that he paid around ₱67,000 in tax liabilities in 2001.

The Marcos camp has yet to clarify why the date on the transmittal letter was 11 months earlier than the date on the official receipt.