President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. recently said that the government does “not have good collection on taxes”, citing the influence of corruption.
“The economy of the Philippines will simply not succeed, we cannot collect duties, tariffs, etc through the BOC and we do not have good collection on taxes both on the national and local level. Hindi talaga uubra. The numbers don’t match,” Marcos said.
He added, “So that’s why it’s very, very important and we have to at the very least reduce the corrosive influence of corruption in government as a general rule,” he added.
Last March, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) confirmed that they sent a demand letter to the Marcos family to settle their unpaid estate tax worth P203 billion.
When asked about corruption in the BIR, Marcos Jr., consistent with the family’s historical denialism, said that past corruption in the agency will be forgotten.
“Ah corruption? Kalimutan na lang natin ‘yung nakaraan. Sasabihin natin, ‘Ah sige that’s not under my watch, hindi ako, hindi ako namamahala noon eh,” he said. “Ngayon ako na namamahala, so wala nang ganyan.”
(Ah corruption? Let’s forget about the post. We will say, ‘Ah okay that’s not under my watch, I was not in charge at the time. Now that I am governing, there shouldn’t be corruption anymore.)
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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