Manila, Philippines – Got money? Watch out, Kim Henares will go after you.
Henares is the commissioner of the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the counterpart of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She has gained the reputation of going after the big fish – Filipinos like world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and newly-crowned X Factor Israel winner Rose Fostanes. Henares wants a chunk of their earnings abroad.
Analysts say that Henares’ actions are a desperate attempt to save her tax agency from bankruptcy. The BIR, which many Filipinos consider among the most corrupt agencies, continues to face declining revenues due to widespread tax evasion schemes especially among the country’s richest tycoons.
However, The Adobo Chronicles learned that Pacquiao and Fostanes are joining hands to challenge Henares in court and prevent her from taxing their foreign earnings. In papers to be filed in court today, Pacquiao and Fostanes claim that the BIR has no authority to collect taxes from their prize money earned in the U.S. and Israel, respectively.
“That is why the agency is called Bureau of INTERNAL Revenue,” lawyers said, so earnings outside the Philippines should be off limits to the tax agency.”
Seattle, Washington – NFC Champions Seattle Seahawks have a lot of making up to do, and it’s not with the San Francisco 49ers, but with Filipinos.
In their season game against the Minnesota Vikings late last year, the Seahawks attempted to show the world their humanitarian concern by having Doug Baldwin, who is part Filipino, carry the Philippine flag as the team entered the stadium. It was a show of solidarity with the Filipino people following Typhoon Haiyan which killed thousands and left thousands more injured and homeless. There was one problem: Baldwin carried the Philippine flag upside down with the red stripe on top. The red stripe on top, instead of the blue, meant that the Philippines was at war which, clearly, it was not.
Now that the Seahawks are in the Superbowl, they announced that they will reprise their criticized entrance when they enter the New York stadium. This time, Baldwin will carry the Philippine flag the correct way, with the blue stripe on top.
One hundred million Filipinos will be watching. Go Seahawks!
Tel Aviv – Good fortune has just struck twice for Rose Fostanes, the Filipina caregiver who recently won in the inaugural season of X Factor Israel.
Yesterday, Fostanes won one hundred fifty million sheqel (Israeli currency) in the country’s national lottery, Mifal HaPayis.
Most gambling is prohibited in Israel, but Mifal HaPayis is a government-sanctioned national lottery organization. It was established in August 1951 to recruit funding for the construction of a hospital in Tel Aviv. At first, the project’s profits were used only for healthcare applications. Later on, when Mifal HaPayis became a national lottery organization, its support was extended to projects in the fields of education, recreation, and the arts.
This latest fortune comes as huge relief for Ms. Fostanes who learned last week that she cannot be paid for any recording contracts, concerts or public appearances within Israel because her work permit allows her to only get paid as a caregiver. Winning the lottery has no such restrictions. Citizens, immigrants and tourists can claim the prize as long as they possess the winning ticket.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles about her immediate plans, the singer/caregiver/millionaire said she will continue to work as a caregiver and give free concerts in Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel. She added that she is considering establishing a care facility in Tel Aviv so she could help the sick, indigents and the elderly.