By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times
PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. settled his tax dues in compliance with a 1995 court ruling, documents issued by the Supreme Court and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said.
The documents, copies of which were obtained by The Manila Times, bolster the argument that there is no legal impediment to the presidential candidacy of Marcos.
The standard bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas is facing several petitions before the Commission on Elections seeking to cancel his certificate of candidacy.
One of the petitions contend that he is not qualified to run for president because he was convicted by a Quezon City court for tax evasion after he did not file income tax returns from 1982 to 1985.
Marcos brought the case before the Court of Appeals which in October 1997 cleared him of tax evasion charges, ruling that he was not given due notice of the tax assessment.
The court, however, sustained Marcos' conviction for not filing his tax returns and fined him P36,000.
Marcos wanted to appeal the conviction and had asked the Supreme Court for an extension to file a petition for certiorari. He eventually withdrew the petition and opted to settle his tax liabilities which ran up to P67,137.27.
An official receipt issued by the Land Bank of the Philippines with receipt number 10622824, dated Dec. 27, 2001, showed that Marcos paid the sum in full.
Copies of BIR payment forms numbered 0605 and 1904 confirmed that payment was made.
In a separate document, then Supreme Court Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief of the Judicial Records Office Teresita Dimaisip sent a copy of the entry of judgment to the camp of Marcos, Court of Appeals, and the Solicitor General in connection with the former senator's case in December 2001.
"This is to certify that on Aug. 8, 2001, a resolution rendered in the above-entitled case was filed in this office…" the entry of judgment read.
Dimaisip sent the copies on Nov. 5, 2001.
She also certified that the resolution has "become final and executory [on Aug. 31, 2001] and is hereby recorded in the Book of Entries of Judgments."
On Sunday, Marcos said this will be the key to the country's progress after the pandemic.
He cited his recent trip to Cebu with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio where they were greeted by thousands of supporters. He said that it gave him "hope that the unity being shown by the people will usher the country to a brighter future."
Marcos said his latest visit to Cebu gave him the opportunity to meet the members and officials of the League of Municipalities during their regional planning conference in Region 7 who voiced their support for his tandem with Duterte-Carpio.
He said that the "historic joining of forces of the BBM-Sara UniTeam supporters signaled the country's triumph over the challenges brought about by the pandemic."
"Only together as a unified nation shall Filipinos be victorious during and after the pandemic," Marcos said in a statement on Sunday.
WITH BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO