World boxing icon and Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao of Sarangani again threw jabs on Tuesday, this time against the Bureau of Internal Revenue which is seeking to freeze his P2.2 billion worth of assets for alleged tax evasion.
In a press conference held in his hometown General Santos City, Pacquiao noted that the BIR has no basis in garnishing his P2.2 billion worth of assets because he has declared his right income and paid the corresponding proper taxes, vis-à-vis the takes of his promoter Top Rank Promotions and HBO network which airs his fights.
“Ako po ay hinabla ng BIR ng P2.2 billion peso tax case na walang basehan. Ang aking pera sa bangko ay ginarnish ng BIR. Hindi ako makapag-withdraw ni isang singkong sentimo sa sarili ko pong pera at hindi ko ito magamit para man lang makatulong [sa mga sinalanta ng bagyo](BIR leveled charges against me without basis, and I can’t withdraw a single cent from my money which I could use to help the typhoon victims),” Pacquiao said.
“Ang pera kong ginarnish ng BIR ay hindi po nakaw at hindi po PDAF o DAP, ito po ay galing sa lahat ng suntok, bugbog, pawis at dugo na tiniis ko sa boxing (My money garnished by the BIR is not stolen. I earned it from the punches, perspiration and blood that I have endured in boxing),” Pacquiao added.
Pacquiao scored a masterful unanimous decision win against American Brandon Rios on Sunday in Macau for the World Boxing Organization International Welterweight Division title—his first victory in two years and after two straight losses vs. Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
A day after his comeback win, Pacquiao rushed to General Santos City, saying that he need to prepare for his visit to Tacloban City which was turned to Ground Zero by Super Typhoon Yolanda. LLANESCA T. PANTI