Pacquiao to visit Samar towns, Tacloban Saturday
MANILA, Philippines – He’s making good his promise.
Fresh from his WBO International Welterweight victory – and embroiled in a tax evasion case that has frozen his accounts – Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquaio will visit the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on Saturday, November 30.
He will be distributing relief goods in the following localities in 3 provinces:
- Guiuan, Mercedes, Quinapondan, Salcedo, Giporlos, Balangiga, and Lawaan in Eastern Samar
- Marabut and Basey in Samar
- Tacloban in Leyte
"Cong. Manny told me he will visit and distribute relief goods on Saturday [in these towns],” Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone told reporters in a text message.
"His visit will definitely uplift the morale of typhoon victims who are struggling to bounce back. Manny symbolizes hope to our people," said Evardone, who had earlier expressed disappointment over the delayed response of the national government in his devastated province.
Before his November 24 match with American boxer Brandon Rios, Pacquiao promised to visit the typhoon victims, to whom he dedicated his fight. The game was live streamed to evacuation centers.
In a press statement upon his arrival on Tuesday, the "Pambansang Kamao" said the warrant of garnishment issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over his bank accounts prevents him from helping the typhoon survivors as much as he wants.
"Hindi ako makapag-withdraw ni isang singkong sentimo sa sarili ko pong pera, hindi ko magamit para man lang makatulong. Ang pera kong ginarnish ng BIR ay hindi po nakaw at hindi po PDAF o DAP,” Pacquiao said, referring to the pork barrel of legislators and Malacañang that have been heavily criticized for alleged misuse.
“Ito po ay galing sa lahat ng suntok, bugbog, pawis at dugo na tiniis ko sa boxing," Pacquiao said.
BIR chief Kim Henares has clarified that only two bank accounts of Pacquiao, with total deposits of P1.1 million, are covered by the freeze order, not P2.2 billion as earlier reported.
Pacquiao’s fellow legislators criticized the “ill-timed” move of the tax agency. The boxer’s promoter in the US said they will be sending documents to show that Pacquiao’s earnings in the US had been properly taxed, and should therefore not be taxed a second time by the Philippine government. – Rappler.com