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Marcos camp shows paid receipt of tax case—Court says otherwise

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES — It will be recalled that the camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on December 22, 2021, presented a proof of payment to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), in an apparent answer to petitioners seeking the cancellation of his Certificate of Candidacy.  

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson, showed to the media a BIR certification showing that it had received four payments from Marcos, totaling P67,137.21.  

The receipt showed that Marcos paid P3,172.48 for the year of 1982; 8,788.13 for 1983; P5,925.57 for 1984 and P49,251.09 for 1985.   

According to the receipt, Marcos paid a total of P13,137.27 for total deficiency income tax, fine of P36,000 and surcharge of P18,000.

The certification, Rodriguez said, supposedly shows that Marcos “has paid all his deficiency taxes including interest.”

“It has been paid. We owe nothing to the government,” Rodriguez said, adding that “there is no greater authority when it comes to ITR than the BIR.”

Court: No record of compliance

There is no record in the lower court of presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos’ “compliance of payment” as ordered by the Court of Appeals in 1997 when he was convicted of failure to file income tax returns (ITRs).

“This is to certify that there is no record on file of compliance of payment or satisfaction of the decision of the regional trial court dated July 27, 1995 or the Court of Appeals dated October 31, 1997,” said a certification by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 105, as secured by petitioners seeking to cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy or COC

The certification was signed Thursday, December 2.

Rodriguez said that the BIR certification “invalidates” claims by the petitioners that submitted to the Comelec certifications from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 105, and the Office of the Clerk of Court of Quezon City stating that they have “no records” of Marcos’ compliance

Meanwhile, the QC OCC issued a separate certification on December 14 stating that “per verification with the records on file, this office has no record of any compliance/payment of fine” in Marcos’ four criminal cases.

When asked how the court could not have records of fines paid, Rodriguez refused to speculate and said he does not speculate nor can he answer for the court.

The Court of Appeals ruling on the case against Marcos stated that he is ordered to pay the following:

  • Pay to the BIR the deficiency income taxes due with interest at the legal rate until fully paid;
  • Pay a fine of P2,000 for each charge in Criminal Cases Nos. Q-92-29212 and Q-921-2917 for failure to file income tax returns for the years 1982, 1983 and 1984; and the fine of P30,000 in Criminal Case No. Q-91-24391 for failure to file income tax return for 1985, with surcharges.

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