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Mali ng compute? DOF denies Duterte’s claim about Lucio Tan’s P30B unpaid taxes

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The Department of Finance has denied President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegation that bilyonaryo Lucio Tan owes the government P30 billion in unpaid taxes.

Finance Undersecretary Tonette Tiongco on Monday (January 8) said there is no final finding on Tan’s supposed tax liabilities based on the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s records.

“Maaring mayroon siyang mga regular audits na kino-conduct ng BIR, but that’s about it,” she said at a press briefing in Malacañang.

When asked about Duterte’s claim last year that Tan has unpaid taxes of around P30 billion, Tiongco said the President may have been referring to Philippine Airlines’ P6 billion air navigational charges, which it settled last year.

When it was pointed out that the amount of PAL’s dues was far from Tan’s supposed tax liability, Tongo replied: “I can’t be too clear about the numbers, but as far as I can recall, it’s that… that was I think what he was referring to.”

Speaking in Qatar in April last year, Duterte disclosed Tan’s supposed tax liabilities.

“In the fullness of God’s time, sigurado ako basta wala lang corruption at makuha ko ‘yung lahat ng taxes na hindi magbayad nitong mga animal na ito. Lucio Tan has almost billion, 30 billion. He has to pay. He has to pay. Lahat, they have to pay,” he said.