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VICTORIOUS ONCE AGAIN (AP) – Manny Pacquiao wears the champion’s belt as he celebrates atop the ring moments after winning the WBO international welterweight title fight against Brandon Rios of the United States in Macau on Nov. 24, 2013.

Manila, Philippines – Boxing idol Manny Pacquiao, who scored a unanimous victory over American Brandon Rios in their World Boxing Organization (WBO) international welterweight title fight last Sunday in Macau, suffered a setback at home when the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ordered his bank deposits frozen over a P2.2-billion tax case.

The tax court’s First Division issued the freeze order some two weeks ago but it was only known yesterday, a day after Pacquiao’s emphatic win. The boxing icon’s lawyers had earlier protested before the CTA the warrant of garnishment (WG) issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), attaching his personal assets that included his bank deposits.

The BIR normally issues WG to prevent delinquent taxpayers facing court suits from disposing of his or her assets during the trial.

US Income Unreported

The tax case arose from the alleged failure of Pacquiao’s accountant to report in his income tax returns (ITR) the multi-million-dollar taxes collected by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from his prize winnings for the years 2008 to 2009.

Pacquiao said the assessment, which included interests and surcharges, was “arbitrary,” stressing he could not afford to pay the assessment because it was more than his net worth.

BIR lawyers said, however, that the tax debts have become “demandable, executor, and collectible” because the solon allegedly ignored to answer the final assessment notice (FAN) sent to him, which expired 30 days after receipt as provided for in the Tax Code.

Revenue officials explained that as a Filipino citizen, Pacquiao, a congressman representing Sarangani province, is required to declare in his ITR all his earnings, including those derived from abroad.

$28M Earned In 2008, 2009

Records show that the boxing icon earned more than $28 million in prize money for successfully defending his various titles against Juan Manuel, David Rios, Oscar de la Hoja in 2008, and Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto in 2009.

Of the amount, the IRS collected $8.4 million or roughly about P395 million.

Pacquiao declared he did not include remittances to IRS in his returns due to the existing bilateral tax treaty agreement between Manila and Washington, which stipulates that income tax paid by Filipinos in the US is creditable against his income tax liabilities here.

He added that what he remitted to the BIR was the value-added tax (VAT) amounting to P12 million to cover P114 million earnings from endorsing at least 14 products.

He argued that the BIR assessment has no legal force because it was based on “best obtainable sources.”

He accused revenue probers of ignoring the financial reports submitted by his promoter, Top Rank Promotions and other actual transaction documents, relying only on the so-called “best obtainable evidence rule.”

Typhoon Area Visit

Pacquiao has pledged to visit the areas worst hit by typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in the next few days.

“I think it’s time. I promised them after the fight I will go to Tacloban to visit them,” he said.

Pacquiao added his camp was still working out details for him to travel to the capital of Leyte province, but he would be there in a matter of days.

“As soon as possible we will finalize what day, what date,” he said.

At the time Pacquiao was in training camp in General Santos City further south, which escaped the brunt of the typhoon, he had to be talked out of leaving to help with the relief effort by his trainer Freddie Roach.

“It was very difficult for me, I felt so bad for what happened to everybody in the Visayas area,” Pacquiao told a post-fight press conference on Sunday.

“It was the middle of my heaviest training in camp and I wanted to visit but I couldn’t.

“So I was just praying for them and sent my staff in congress and also my people in General Santos to bring them help and relief goods.

Answered Prayers

“This fight was for the families and the people affected by the typhoon – I am just happy that God answered my prayer.”

For a brief moment in the devastated city of Tacloban, those who lost their homes, their livelihoods and loved ones in the storm were able to forget their misery as they watched a free, live broadcast of Pacquiao’s stunning win.

“This is not about my comeback,” Pacquiao said immediately after the fight. “This is about my people’s comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy.

“To all the people and the families affected by the typhoon, I will see you there. I love you so much,” he added.

Mario Penaflor, 41, was among the crowds in watching in Tacloban. “This is a win for all Filipinos. It will surely uplift our spirits, especially the victims of typhoon,” he said.

Lauded

Lawmakers and religious leaders lauded Pacquiao for his victory.

Sen. Grace Poe filed yesterday Senate Resolution No. 380 congratulating Pacquiao for winning the WBO title, while the House of Representatives leadership is rolling out the red carpet to welcome the hero of the boxing world.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. led congressmen in congratulating Pacquiao for the successful ring assignment.

“A proud nation thanks Manny for offering this fight and winning it for our countrymen who were victims of super-typhoon ‘Yolanda’ and being their symbol of hope during this huge national tragedy. Manny has been a living example of Filipino resiliency by this significant victory and comeback against a much younger opponent,” said Belmonte.

Hero’s Welcome

Representatives Lito Atienza (Buhay Partylist) and Alfredo Benitez (LP, Negros Occidental) said Pacquiao deserves a hero’s welcome.

“Manny has again, like he has done before, to deliver at the right time when we are at our lowest spirits. We appreciate Manny’s contribution in boosting the morale of our countrymen,” Atienza said.

Benitez, who is leading the Visayas Legislative Bloc in its relief operations for typhoon Yolanda victims, said Pacquiao deserves a third commendation from the Lower House.

Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao, together with Reps. Dan Fernandez (LP, Laguna); Agapito Guanlao (Ang Butil) and Em Aglipay (DIWA Partylist) and Emil Ong Sur); Francisco Acedillo (Magdalo) and Tobias Tiangco (UNA, Navotas), expects typhoon victims to draw inspiration from Pacquiao and never lose hope despite their predicament.

Senior administration Rep. Rufus Rodriguez noted that Pacquiao’s latest win indicate that his fellow Mindanaoan solon will be back “on track for undisputed greatness.”

True Heart Of A Filipino

Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga, spokesman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, said Pacquiao has “exemplified the true heart of the Filipino.”

Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said he will convince Pacquiao to hold his next bout in the Philippines not just to boost the country’s tourism, but also to give chance to all Filipinos to personally see him fight.

On the other hand, Fr. Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Youth, lauded Pacquiao not only for winning his fight but also for showing to the world what a real champion is.

“The interest that he shows in serving the country, helping the people who are in need are just some of the positive things about him that people can draw inspiration from, not only the youth,” Garganta said in an interview. (With reports from AFP, Ben R. Rosario, Mario B. Casayuran, and Charissa M. Luci)

  • AJ

    pacquiao facing another tax problems – this time he was socked by the IRS and he owes U.S. for $18M…poor Pacquiao.. Mukhang naloko siya mahirap talaga ang walang alam sa taxation.

  • JUANPESOBILL

    INCOME
    TAX CONVENTION WITH THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, AND AN EXCHANGE OF
    NOTES Convention Signed at Manila October 1, 1976; With Exchange of
    Notes Signed at Washington November 24, 1976; Transmitted by the
    President of the United States of America to the Senate January 19, 1977
    (S. Ex. C, 95th Cong., 1st Sess.); Reported Favorably by the Senate
    Committee on Foreign Relations December 4, 1981 (S. Ex. Rept. No. 97-39,
    97th Cong., 1st Sess.); Advice and Consent to Ratification by the
    Senate, with Reservations and Understandings, December 16, 1981;
    Ratified by the President, Subject to Said Reservations and
    Understandings, January 20,1982; Ratified by the Philippines September
    1, 1982; Ratifications Exchanged at Washington September 16,1982;
    Proclaimed by the President October 16, 1982; Entered into Force October
    16, 1982. GENERAL EFFECTIVE DATE UNDER ARTICLE 29: 1 JANUARY 1983

    ARTICLE 17 Artistes and Athletes

    (1) Notwithstanding the provisions
    of Articles 15 (Independent Personal Services) and 16 (Dependent
    Personal Services), income derived by public entertainers such as
    theater, motion picture, radio or television artistes, and musicians,
    and by athletes, from their personal activities as such may be taxed in
    the Contracting State in which these activities are exercised provided
    that- (a) Such income exceeds 100 United States dollars or its
    equivalent in Philippine pesos per day, or (b) Such income exceeds in
    the aggregate 3,000 United States dollars or its equivalent in
    Philippine pesos during the taxable year. (2) Where income in respect of
    personal activities as such of a public entertainer or athlete accrues
    not to that entertainer or athlete himself but to another person, that
    income may, notwithstanding the provisions of Articles 8 (Business
    Profits), 15 (Independent Personal Services) and 16 (Dependent Personal
    Services), be taxed in the Contracting State in which the activities of
    the entertainer or athlete are exercised. (3) Notwithstanding the
    provisions of paragraph (1) and Articles 15 (Independent Personal
    Services) and 16 (Dependent Personal Services), Income derived from
    activities performed in a Contracting State by public entertainers or
    athletes shall be exempt from tax in that Contracting State if the visit
    to that State is substantially supported or sponsored by the other
    Contracting State and the public entertainer or athlete is certified as
    qualified under this provision by the competent authority of the sending
    State.

    • JUANPESOBILL

      uhh
      There’s no part on this article of tax treaty between US & The
      Phils.,that if you failed to present the docs proving that you’ve
      already paid your taxes in your earnings as an “athlete” while you’re in
      the USA, BIR or the local tax agency in the Phils.
      have the rights to go after you….My comprehension on that is, IRS
      have all the rights to tax Pacquiao in his fights in Las Vegas, and go
      after him if he tries to evade or dont comply,,,Am I correct or
      not???Well if not, is there a lawyer here that could explain this to
      me???,,,Coz you know im not a man of law^_^

  • baldo_uno@yahoo.com

    munting advice para kay pacman: never deposit your earnings abroad here in pilipinas, deposit it at other countries,like south africa where you can withdraw your hard earn money without any questions ask. dito sa pinas paghirapan ka para ka magbigay ng”lagay” or” kutong”. kahit anong ahensyia sa gobyerno ng pinas yan na talaga ang S.O.P. so,if you don’t want any hassles,iwasan mo makipag interact sa mga ahensyia ng gobyerno dito para hindi ka ma-knockout sa nakakalitong sayawan nila na kung tinawag ay “it’s more fun in the philippines”