• Duterte blasts Lucio Tan for tax evasion


    Lucio Tan, one of the richest Filipinos, owes the government at least P30 billion in unpaid taxes, according to President Rodrigo Duterte.

    Speaking at the Philippine-Qatar Business Forum, Duterte accused Tan of evading taxes like the other oligarchs in the country.

    “These rich people, they are my enemies. They can tell that I envy them, and it is true. You sons of whores! But you should pay your taxes. Why do I envy you? You keep on gaining riches and yet you don’t pay taxes,” Duterte said.

    “These rich people should pay taxes. Like Lucio Tan, up to the last day of the campaign, he wanted to give me money. He kept on going after me, but I told him I don’t accept money. And so I won by six million votes,” Duterte added.

    “In the fullness of God’s time, I am sure, as long as there is no corruption and I am able to get the taxes that these pigs refuse to pay… Lucio Tan has almost P30 billion. He has to pay. Everybody has to pay,” the President said.

    “Nobody gets special treatment, whether you are a Moro, Tausug, Bisaya…everybody is on equal footing,” he added.

    Tan is in Forbes’ list of the world’s richest billionaires this year. He was ranked 501st with a wealth of $3.7 billion. Llanesca T. Panti


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    1. How I wish those working in government just stop coddling up to greedy tycoons like Tan and call them out if need be when they’re stepping out of line and committing corruption. We really should have clear and proper business practice regulations and procedures and not create loopholes for these greedy bastards to get away it.

    2. Si Pacquiao po na kasama nyo Mr. Dutertard.. May tax evasion din diba? Atsaka si Peter Lim na druglord na bestie mo bakit di natin pagusapan?

    3. why not start with pacquaio who owes billions.
      duterte needs to stop being such a hypocrite.
      release his own tax returns and open his bank accounts.

      • If he doesn’t chase after tax evaders, he’s considered corrupt.

        If he DOES chase after them, he’s “playing up to the crowd”.

        Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

        First it was Mighty Corporation. Now it’s Lucio Tan. Wonder whose next?

    4. Franklin Tupas on

      The big question is….bakit umabot sa 30 billion? Ano ginawa ni Henares noon? Cover-up lang pala ang paghihigpit sa small taxpayers noon!

    5. Why hark about it all over the world. All the government has to do is prove it and file cases against him and/or his corporations. Showing off by lambasting him won’t get results, the government should not engage in character assasination. Unless it is media mileage that they want. If I am not mistaken the government just lost a big tax case against him in the in the Supreme Court. The government prosecutors should work hard to strengthen their case against him real or imagined.

      • Instead paying taxes to the government, he’ll bribe the court for a billion and he’ll save billions of pesos.

        Government is full of corrupt personalities, as well as the private sectors!


      • edgar artates on

        What can you suggest the government should do about this immovable object called Lucio Tan. Just let him continue his merry making?

      • You’d be surprised how much mere character assassination can effect a legal outcome… Like being thrown in jail!

        Here’s a hint: D*L*MA.