No tax exemption for Pacquiao, please

pacmanWhat is so special about boxing champion Manny Pacquiao that some of his colleagues at the House of Representatives, of all people and place, are clamoring that he be exempted from paying taxes, especially in his upcoming fight against American Floyd Mayweather?

It may be the biggest purse money in the history of boxing, so what?

I can’t simply believe that all these comments, absurd as they are, come from elected officials, and lawmakers at that, who want us to believe that they know best what is right for the person and the country.

Tsk, tsk, tsk!

Listen to these: “It is but fitting that we should give him something that would inspire him, like exempting his earnings from this fight from taxation.”

(Inspire him? How long had he waited for this fight to materialize? This was his ardent wish and to be part of the biggest payday in his life is inspiration enough. – Q)

“Like his previous fights, this one will again unite all of us Filipinos, including the NPA (New People’s Army), the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) and even the BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters).”

(Utter nonsense by any stretch of the imagination. – Q)

“Our living hero must be tax exempt. He gives glory to our country.”

(Personal glory, yes. To keep the country afloat is glory enough courtesy of the remittances by the millions Filipino workers abroad. – Q)

Even bar topnotcher, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, said he would file a bill to exempt Pacquiao from paying his taxes, saying it was a “fitting tribute to the priceless package proudly promoting the country once again on the international map.”

(Holy shit! – Q)

Of course they are talking about Manny Pacquiao, the boxing hero!

But, aren’t our oversea Filipino workers (OFWs) modern day heroes, too, in their own rights, and even many more times than Pacquiao?

If Pacquiao gets physically cut in the ring and bleeds, the OFWs, who have kept the country economically afloat with their remittances, also bleed and suffer even more mentally and emotionally for being away from their love ones just so quality of life could be better for the family.

What better honor can one give to the country than to sacrifice ones self to improve his/her lot by the profession he/she has chosen to be, yet still be able to contribute to the economy of the country and be a model citizen by religiously paying taxes?

Boxing is the profession that Pacquiao opted to pursue and it has been his fortune to be good at it, but not because he is now involve in super mega-bucks fights that he be exempted from being taxed of his earnings, as irrationally advocated by his colleagues in Congress.

Some politicians are stupidly mesmerized by the success that Pacquiao is having in his chosen occupation that they seem to close their eyes and be unmindful at the disservice that the boxing great is doing to the country with his poor attendance in his constitutional mandate as an elected representative of the people of Sarangani Province.

Does this make him a good citizen?

If Manny Pacquiao is a decent person, as he wants us to believe he is, then he should just silence the ridiculous suggestions/advocacy of his colleagues regarding his mega-earnings and be an example to them instead by being a good citizen and an honest taxpayer.

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