Cayetano: Henares should be scolded for hounding Pacquiao
‘Collect taxes. Do your job. But do it with respect and with dignity’ said Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano commenting on Tax chief Kim Henares’ persistent reminder to Manny Pacquiao to fulfill his tax obligations.
According to Cayetano, the commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) must be scolded for ‘publicly flashing’ the boxer’s tax records right after winning against Timothy Bradley on Sunday.
‘Being interviewed or asked by the media is not an excuse. The commissioner could have said “no comment,” and reminded Manny privately of his obligations.
‘Hindi naman po yata tamang i-demonize natin si Manny na walang ginawa kung hindi maghatid ng karangalan at kasiyahan sa ating bansa at sa lahat ng Pilipino sa buong mundo,’ said the senator.
Malacañang had earlier defended Henares’ actions and said she was simply answering the media’s questions. But Cayetano said Henares’ behaviour was counter to the Filipino way: ‘don’t destroy the very few things that make Filipinos unite and make us forget the calamities, problems and harshness of life, even if just for a few hours or a day.’
Although he understands the BIR’s mandate and that tax collection is necessary, Pacquiao should ‘not be crucified publicly.
‘Don’t be overacting, or Kulang sa Pansin,’ commented the senator.