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Incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte in his Tuesday night address called out the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for a certain estate tax that remains uncollected.
“Sa taxation natin, ang government can only prod. Hindi naman kailangan ng reminder sa Malacanang," Duterte said.
"Nandyan ang BIR, so tanungin natin ang BIR bakit hanggang ngayon hindi nakolekta yung estate tax,” he added.
While the president did not mention any names, the Marcos family’s allegedly unpaid P203 billion tax had made headlines recently.
Duterte’s statement came as he explained why he won’t suspend e-sabong, or online cockfighting operations.
“Baka nagdududa kayo bakit 'di ko hininto? Di ko po hininto kasi kailangan ng pera sa e-sabong ng government. I make it public now. P640 million a month. In a year’s time that’s billions," Duterte maintained. “Saan tayo makakahanap ng pera na ganoon kadali? Sa taxation natin."