Criminal charge against Marcos sought to avoid potential ‘tax shield’
MANILA — Akbayan Partylist on Thursday urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue to press charges against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. for alleged willful refusal to pay his family’s estate taxes.
Criminal charges will prevent Marcos from getting a “tax shield” if he wins the presidency in May, the group said at a protest outside BIR headquarters.
On Wednesday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez confirmed that Marcos and their estate administrators had failed to pay outstanding property taxes worth 203 billion pesos.
“It’s not just a tax shield or a tax haven that covers the interests of Bongbong Marcos, to cover the 203 billion pesos with regard to property taxes,” the general secretary and spokesperson for the government told reporters. left Akbayan, Justine Balanes.
(People are against using the presidency of hopeful Bongbong Marcos as a tax shield or tax haven, to evade payment of their inheritance tax worth 203 billion pesos.)
Balanes said every day that the BIR fails to collect the tax, millions of workers and subsidy recipients are deprived of their rightful support from the government.
Meanwhile, Nice Coronacion of Sentro-Akbayan Labor accused the BIR of showing preferential treatment in the case of the Marcos.
Coronacion lamented that as workers, taxes are automatically deducted from their salaries.
“Yung mga sobrang mayaman na, kumukuha pa and nangangarap pa sa mga matataas na position is Hindi nagbabayad ng buwis. Sobrang sakit and Hindi makatarungan,” Coronacion said.
(Those who are rich, who wanted to be reinstated in high positions do not pay taxes. It is painful and unfair.)
AWARE or the Women’s Alliance for Action Towards Reform, retired Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio and former Office of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares also urged the filing of a criminal complaint. against Marcos and his family for willfully refusing to pay their inheritance tax. .
The AWARE petition urging BIR to take legal action has already received over 23,000 signatures.
On Thursday, Carpio said the government would not be able to collect the Marcos’ inheritance tax if Bongbong won the presidency.
If he wins the May 9 election, Marcos could name the next BIR commissioner, Carpio said.
“The president has oversight and control over the entire executive department. Control means he can reverse their decision. He can anticipate and make the decision himself,” he said.
Marcos’ camp said on Saturday his family’s unpaid estate tax was still pending in court.
Marcos’ spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, said in a statement that raising the estate tax issue is “a matter of politics.”
“Our rivals are misleading everyone by claiming that the matter has reached finality when the truth is that it is still pending in court and the ownership of the disputed properties has not yet been settled,” said Rodríguez.
A Supreme Court document shows that its June 5, 1997 decision on the matter became “final and binding” on March 9, 1999.