Fight the Corruptions, Please, Mr. President!

By  Vic  Odarve

When people paid much attention to his promises during the campaign period, they are less interested simply because politicians are more on talking but less in actions! But not the 6 million voters who embraced his promise to run after the corrupt oligarchs in this country. True to his words, after he won the election, he goes after to these corrupts and brought them to justice. His political will made the government of the Philippines richer by approximately some 6 B from Lucio Tan, 1.7.B from Mile Long Property and 25B from Mighty Cigarettes. It is a painful process but must be done.

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Because they make the country poor, people say that tax evaders should be nailed to the cross

Lucio Tan, ranked 501st in Forbes list of the world’s richest billionaires this year with a wealth of $3.7 billion and one of the richest Filipinos, owes the government at least P30 billion in unpaid taxes, according to President Rodrigo Duterte. A row between the Duterte administration and flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) over supposedly unpaid fees was resolved and the government accepted its offer to pay P6 billion worth of navigational fees, and other charges.

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This flag carrier does not pay right taxes to the government. Duterte nailed Lucio Tan.

Then comes out the Prieto family for their alleged failure to pay proper taxes and rental. Duterte claimed further that the family allegedly attempted to hold on to the government-owned Mile Long property. A claim is amounting to P1.8 billion. In another development, the Bureau of Internal Revenue filed a P1-billion tax evasion case against Prieto-owned Golden Donuts Inc., the Philippine franchise of Dunkin Donuts. A criminal complaint was filed against GDI for willful attempt to evade or defeat tax and for deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information about the company’s income tax return and quarterly value added tax return.

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Untouchables? This franchise is in hot water.

As the year ended another three tax evasion complaints worth a total of P37.9 billion against the tobacco company, Mighty Corporation. Complainant BIR referred to the approved settlement of Mighty Corporation’s excise tax as well as compromise settlement of all its pending tax-related issues including that of its officers and shareholders. Last July, President Rodrigo Duterte said he had ordered the BIR to accept the settlement money. After the tobacco company settled its liabilities, the government was P40-billion richer.

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These new generations are taught to pay the right taxes to the government.

In the Philippine setting, if you have strong connections from the justice departments, and being members of a solid and influential political dynasty, oligarchs may be safe from the bribery and tax evasion charges. Strong political influences do extend its arm in hiding unlawful acts perpetrated by a member of any political dynasties. This is the modern landscape in our country… with the skillful maneuvering may save businessmen/politicians from imprisonment.

Some judges do some favors as personal gratitude as a long- time friends and allies, and for aiding and defending them in their time of difficulties. It is the payback period. That is why some businessmen, despite proof of voluminous files on graft and corruptions for cheating billions of monies, the case drags slowly until it fades off to limbo. Filed cases stand still like time and space in the black hole due to strong gravitational pull.  It is a frustrating scenario to the electorates and voting public in general. Strong connections work!

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Mayana ricefields are the works of thy Hands. The farmers toiled every day and yet they paid the right taxes.

Paying right taxes to the government is a duty of every person. Even Pharisees asked a question to Jesus in Matthew 22:17-21, as follows;

 “The Pharisees asked Jesus a question: “‘Tell us then, what your opinion is? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, ‘You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.’ They brought Him a denarius, and He asked them, ‘Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied. Then He said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

True to his words, after he won the election, he runs after the tax evaders and brought them to justice. His political will made the government of the Philippines richer by billions of pesos…badly needed by the country’s ailing economy. No presidents have touched these oligarchs before. It is a painful process but must be done. Go after the tax evaders, please!

 

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