“Kailanman ay hindi ko magagawang ipagkait sa [Pilipinas] at mga Pilipino ang karapat dapat at tamang buwis na dapat kong ibayad,” said the Queen of All Media.
Amid new allegations of meddling in the tax case of a certain businesswoman, TV personality Kris Aquino would like to remind her followers that she has been consistent as among the top individual taxpayers by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for the past eight years or so.
This, after Gretchen Barretto claimed that Kris once helped a mutual friend to get out of tax trouble by tapping Kim Henares, who used to lead the said agency under former President Noynoy Aquino’s admin.
“Nilabas ang list ng top individual taxpayers for income earned in 2011. Taxes paid in full April 15 up to July 15, 2012 nung income tax season of April 2013, the same time His Highness, the Sultan of Brunei was in the Philippines for a state visit,” Kris began, referring to the year she was pronounced as the country’s number one individual taxpayer with a contribution amounting to ₽49.87 million.
“Eight years of certified BIR tax payments ang nilabas ko, hindi po para magyabang, pero para magpatunay na kailanman ay hindi ko magagawang ipagkait sa Pilipinas at mga Pilipino ang karapat dapat at tamang buwis na dapat kong ibayad,” she added.
Denying claims of having used her brother’s presidency for her self-interest, Kris said that she was already in the 8th spot of the annual list of top taxpayers back in 2008, two years ahead the start of PNoy’s term.
“₱322,098,558.74 in paid taxes over 8 years, and I was already the top 8 taxpayer in 2008, a year before my mom died and two years before my brother became president,” she said.
Prior, Kris’ lawyers have addressed the accusations made by Gretchen by “reiterating that our client did not and will never aid, abet, or tolerate any tax evasion by everyone”, they said in an official statement posted on Kris’ social media accounts last Sunday.
All this traces back to Kris’ war against former business partner Nicko Falcis, for whom Gretchen has shown her solid support since.