Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Mga animal na ito! Duterte claims Lucio Tan owes government P30B in back taxes

President Rodrigo Duterte is claiming that businessman Lucio Tan has as much as P30 billion in back taxes to the government which he planned to collect upon arrival from his three-nation state visit in the Middle East.

Duterte named Tan as one of the oligarchs he has targeted for a massive tax collection
effort to raise funds for the government infrastructure and social services programs.

In a speech in Qatar, Duterte said: “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.”

Duterte said he was fully behind the poor in his fight against corruption as he vowed to make sure that all oligarchs pay the right taxes to the government.

“Kaya sabi ko, itong Pilipinas, ito para lang sa mga taong naghirap. Kayo ang protektahan ko. [applause] Iyong mga mayaman talagang kalaban ko ‘yan,” said Duterte.

“Sabihin na ninyo nainggit ako sa inyo totoo ‘yan putang ina kayo pero magbayad kayo. Kaya inggit ako na galit sa inyo bakit hindi ako mainggit? Yumayaman kayo nang yumayaman hindi naman kayo bumabayad ng taxes. Ako lang rin makasabi ng — minura ko nga si (former US President Barack) Obama kayo pa. Tang ina. Kaya kayong mayayaman, ‘yang mga tax evasion ninyo, magbayad kayo,” he added.

He said that Tan and another oligarch, Megaworld Corp. Chair Andrew Tan, had offered to contribute to his presidential bid up to the last day of the campaign. But he rejected both offers.

“Yang si Lucio Tan halos to the last day ng kampanya habol nang habol sa akin ‘yan kasi gustong magbigay ng pera. Sabi ko, ‘No.’ Si MegaWorld, sabi ko, ‘Hindi ako tumatanggap. Ayaw ko.’ Kaya naman nanalo ako 6 million,” said Duterte.

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