Pacquiao Lift Spirits of Other Delinquent Taxpayers

rejoiceMANILA, Philippines — Financially-battered Filipino delinquent taxpayers celebrated a much-needed victory after national boxing hero Manny Pacquiao squared-off with  Kim Henares in a verbal tussle dedicated to victims of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

For a brief moment in the devastated lives of delinquent taxpayers, those who sold their homes, their cars and even their precious gadgets in the bureau’s crackdown for them to pay the correct taxes; forgot their misery as they watched a free, live broadcast of Pacquiao’s tirade over Henares on national TV.

“Inihabla po ako ng BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) ng P2.2-billion tax case na wala pong basehan,” Pacquiao said in a press briefing Tuesday.
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“Huwag po sana akong i-single out at personalin dahil hindi po ako magnanakaw,” Pacquiao added, noting he “worked hard” to earn his assets.
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(from GMA News)
Such was the elation that Mamayang Ayaw Magbayd ng Buwis Anonymous (MAMBA)  Secretary General Wally Dinero said special honors may be extended to Pacquiao, a neophyte member of the group, for his latest victory.
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“He brought joy to the Filipinos with delinquent taxes especially during this time of our personal financial crisis,” said Dinero.
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BIR has left almost a third of the country’s taxpayers either lacking in funds, under debt or bankrupt after its rampage through the entire Philippines.

The verbal clash was broadcast in different public and private areas in the country to lift the spirits of misinformed taxpayers who thinks it was unfair for the boxer to be treated that way.

“Para matabunan ‘yung victory na nakuha natin… May mga tao na ayaw tayong maging masaya,” he said in a report aired on “24 Oras” Thursday evening.
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Pacquiao also hinted politics may be behind the tax case against him. “Ang sabi ng tao, huwag isipin ang pulitika.. Alam kong pulitika din ito,” he said.
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(from GMA News)
Whole families, including children and the elderly, packed into their living rooms to watch the clash.
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Spirits were high despite the grim evidence that Pacquiao was having difficulties producing the documents that Henares was asking for. Even Pacquaio’s promoter Bob Arum joined the fray, telling the commissioner to “get the IRS documents” herself.
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The crowd proudly cheered their hero on wildly throughout the broadcast, hoping that the athlete would not suffer the same fate as them in the end.
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But some of the delinquent taxpayer families shook their head, as footage of the boxer’s mom, Aling Dionisia was shown hosting a disco party amid her son’s financial woes.
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Nagpadisco din tayo dati diba?” said one head of the family, as memories of their once fancy and lavish lifestyle came flashing back.
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Meanwhile, those who want to help Pacquiao’s cause can download the album, “Songs for Manny” from iTunes as top international recording artists donated their songs for the benefit of the boxer’s financial woes. Full track list and details can be found here.

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