MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – If you think the “Fight of the Century” is over, think again.
It is just unfolding in Manila, between Filipino champion boxer Manny Pacquiao and champion taxwoman Kim Henares of the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
In the last three years, Henares, BIR commissioner, has been going aftger Pacquiao for alleged tax deficiency now amounting to Three Billion pesos. Because of the boxer’s failure to pay taxes, the BIR has now issued a levy and garnishment order which puts Pacquiao’s properties in danger of confiscation by the government.
Pacquiao has just announced his candidacy for senator, after having served as congressman representing his province of Sarangani. He holds the honor of being the top absentee Congressman.
If he becomes senator, he would go down in history as the highest tax-evading
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – President NoyNoy Aquino today announced that the Philippines and Dutch governments have signed an agreement for the lease of some 2,000 jail cells in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands recently announcedthat it will close eight prisons because of a lack of criminals. The Dutch justice ministry said that declining crime rates in the Netherlands mean that although the country has the capacity for 14,000 prisoners, there are only 12,000 detainees. The decrease is expected to continue, the ministry said.
Aquino said that the lease will help solve his country’s problem of prison overcrowding while ensuring that there will be sufficient jail cells to accommodate the growing number of political officials being convicted of graft, corruption, plunder and other criminal offenses. Aquino himself is being charged for violation of the constitution in connection with the illegal use of funds under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
Asked how the Philippine government will pay for the lease, Aquino said, “Why, from DAP and PDAF, of course.”