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Posted 28 March 2012 - 9:23 PM

Punching One’s Way to Court

March 28, 2012By Arche
A dark cloud has settled above the life of the People’s Champ, Manny Pacquiao. In an unexpected turn of events, the harbinger of this misfortune was the government agency the boxing icon endorsed and supported; the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
Manny Pacquiao is currently facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to submit records of his earnings to the said agency.

“…the BIR filed a complaint with the city prosecutor’s office in Koronadal against the boxer for his alleged failure to submit complete tax records for the year 2010.
BIR Deputy Commissioner Lucita Rodriguez said Pacquiao ignored summons issued by the BIR office in Central Mindanao asking him to explain his failure to submit complete documents for taxation.”
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Meanwhile, the President’s spokesperson, Edwin Lacierda, clarified that the case against the boxer is not tax evasion, but contempt. Also, he insisted that this case is not politically motivated.

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Although I’m expecting a BIR official to make a statement on behalf of their actions, not the presidential spokesman, wouldn’t you agree?

“The case filed against Manny Pacquiao is not tax evasion. It was contempt. He was asked to submit documents and he failed twice,” Lacierda said.”

However, Pacquiao maintained that he is innocent of the charges, stating that he hasn’t “shortchanged the government for what it is due.” Furthermore, he questioned the legality of the case filed against him as he raised the notion that BIR violated its own policies.

“Pacquiao said the BIR violated its own rules when it served the subpoena to a person unknown to him. He also questioned why the BIR served the subpoena in General Santos City when he is now a resident of Sarangani.”

Unfortunately for our People’s Champ, having a case filed against you, whether you are innocent of or guilty, can cause lasting damage to your reputation, especially if you’re a celebrity. One of the boxer’s lawyers noted that this case caused Manny to lose possibly millions of dollars in endorsements after several companies were turned off by this recent turn of events.

“Pacquiao, who was flanked by no less than 10 lawyers led by New Era University College of Law Dean Abraham Espejo and former Justice Secretary Artemio Tuquero, noted that the case had cost him millions of dollars in endorsements.
We can’t reveal the names of the companies. What is certain is that Pacquiao lost and will lose endorsements amounting possibly to millions of dollars,” Remigio Roxas, one of Pacquiao’s lawyers, said.”
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