Estate tax issue is 'all about politics': Bongbong spokesman

Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos gestures as he delivers his speech prior to introducing his son Ferdinand Alexander
Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos gestures as he delivers his speech prior to introducing his son Ferdinand Alexander "Sandro" Marcos, during a proclamation rally in Laoag city, Ilocos norte province, north of Manila on March 25, 2022. Philippine presidential candidates want Marcos to pay P203 ($3.8) billion estate tax levied against his father's fortunes. (Photo: TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

Raising the P203-billion ($3.8 billion) estate tax owed by the Marcoses just a few weeks before the elections is politically motivated, said a spokesperson for presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez said in a statement on Monday (March 28) that the move was to “misdirect” the people and was “all about politics”, according to the Philippine Star.

The chief of staff for Marcos added, “Our rivals are misdirecting everyone by claiming that the case has attained finality when the truth of the matter is, it is still pending in court and the ownership of the properties in litigation has yet to be settled,” Rodriguez said in the statement.

The issue was raised during the Commission on Elections-sponsored debate this month, when presidential contenders pushed for the Marcoses to pay their debt, saying it could be given as aid to those in need.

Earlier, fellow candidate Isko Moreno's camp said it had confirmed with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Presidential Commission on Good Government that the P203-billion debt could still be collected.

The BIR has also sent a written demand to the heirs of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos about their tax liabilities.

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