Pimentel wants executive action on Marcos’ uncollected property taxes

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 23) — Senator Koko Pimentel criticized the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) late collection of unpaid property taxes from the Marcoses, noting that the matter calls for executive action.

“Executive action na po ito (It already calls for executive action),” he told CNN Philippines. Source Wednesday. “I think, first of all, liability for unpaid inheritance tax has been determined by the courts, so now it’s about enforcing the court’s decision.”

Pimentel was referring to inheritance tax which, according to a 1997 Supreme Court ruling, should be paid by the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The amount has since climbed to ₱203 billion.

Three months ago, the BIR wrote a letter to the Marcos family demanding payment of outstanding taxes.

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“Masyadong mabagal (They are too slow). And it’s just, I think, that last December was just a warning. It’s time for some action, maybe a motion for execution or a motion for garnishment, yung mga ganyang binding process na po (those kinds of enforceable processes).”

Pimentel said that with such an amount, the case should have been assigned to a special team that would solve the case quickly.

He said only the BIR has a specific department dedicated to large taxpayers with outstanding debts.

Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son and namesake of the late dictator, claimed that “there is a lot of fake news involved” on the issue.

“It should have been a credit to the current leaders of BIR, if they could have executed that judgement,” Pimentel said.

Pimentel’s rival faction, PDP-Laban, recently endorsed the presidential candidacy of Marcos Jr., despite petitions challenging his candidacy due to his failure to file tax returns from 1982 to 1985.

LIST: Petitions against the presidential candidacy of Bongbong Marcos in 2022

Four of the five petitions against Marcos were dismissed, including at least three on appeal to the Electoral Commission (Comelec) en banc. Only one way to disqualify the favorite of the investigation is pending before the second division of Comelec.

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