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CNN Philippines : Bongbong Marcos paid taxes and fines, camp insists

News & Interviews
22 December 2021

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22)— The camp of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday maintained that the presidential aspirant had settled his dues in connection with his previous tax case — even showing a document to back its claim.

In a media conference, Marcos' spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez presented what he said was a copy of a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) certification stating that the former senator paid his taxes and fines in full.

The certification dated Dec. 9 said Marcos paid over ₱67,000 back in 2001.

"So wala hong pagkakautang na buwis or tax deficiency or penalty or interest," Rodriguez said. "Bayad ho at binayaran, na matagal nang panahon."

[Translation: So there is no debt for tax or tax deficiency or penalty or interest. It was paid a long time ago.]

Earlier this month, petitioners challenging Marcos' candidacy — citing a document from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court — said he 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 said Marcos was ordered by the appellate court to pay fines for the non-filing of income tax returns for the years 1982 to 1985. The son and namesake of the late dictator was also directed to pay the BIR the deficiency income taxes due with interest.

CNN Philippines has reached out to Te for comment but has yet to receive a response.

Marcos' camp expressed hope the new document would "invalidate" the claims of those against his presidential bid.

The Commission on Elections earlier said a ruling on the case may be out by this month. So far, out of the seven petitions lodged against Marcos' presidential bid, only the plea to declare him a nuisance candidate has been junked.