If what celebrity news website TMZ says is true that boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao has also failed to settle his tax obligation in the U.S., after vehemently claiming otherwise, especially by his promoter and ‘self-proclaimed’ spokesman on this matter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, then I would surmise that Pacquiao is really on to some mischief or, shall we say, monkey business.
I don’t see any reason why a popular American TV show such as TMZ that talks about episodes of high profile celebrities/personalities would try to mar its reputation or invite law suits for that matter, if what they are reporting is without basis at all.
“The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) claims Manny stiffed the (US) government out of federal income taxes from 2006 to 2010… totaling $18,313,668.79 in debt,” TMZ has reported, adding that it has “obtained official documents” on the matter.
According to TMZ, Pacquiao’s tax liabilities are broken down as follows:
2006 – $1,160,324.30
2007 – $2,035,992.50
2008 – $2,862,437.11
2009 – $8,022,915.87
2010 – $4,231,999.01
Those are really mind-boggling amounts no matter in what country’s currency you would look at it!
Of course Pacquiao’s lawyer has denied that his client is facing an IRS tax deficiency case in the U.S.
But, then again, why and how come these figures exist down to the last cent?
Until this is resolved, people like me, who had had high regard for Pacquiao in the past would probably be asking these questions: What has become of Pacquiao and what is he really up to?
When we thought he was a changed person – a better person – who could exemplify as role model of an individual and as a citizen for every Filipino, now he is not only being charged for tax evasion in the Philippines, but the U.S. federal government also seems to have the same problem with him.
If Pacquiao thinks though that he is clean and that people should trust him especially that he now preaches what he has learned in his bible studies and prays over and heals, too, for crying out loud, then he can’t be more wrong. He is starting to sound more like Apollo Quiboloy, the self-proclaimed appointed son of God, these days.
Instead of entering the realm of politics, which in more ways than one contradicts his claimed religious disposition, how I wish Pacquiao would just have headed a sports commission to continue inspiring the youth and perhaps breathe life to Philippine sports and bring it to higher levels especially in international competition. It could have been a continuing legacy of his greatness.
Alas, Pacquiao got lured in joining the sanctuary of those not much known for discipline, honesty and integrity.
“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.”