Hindi ako BIR fixer ni Alice Eduardo: Kris tells Gretchen she’s the country’s top taxpayer
That is the total taxes paid by celebrity endorser Kris Aquino from 2008 to 2015.
Aquino made the disclosure in a sassy Facebook video to debunk claims by celebrity Gretchen Barretto that she fixed the tax problems of businesswoman Alice Eduardo under the administration of her brother, then President Noy Aquino.
In her post, Aquino said: “8 years of certified BIR tax payments ang nilabas ko, hindi po para magyabang, pero para magpatunay, na kailanman ay hindi ko magagawang ipagkait sa 🇵🇭 at mga PILIPINO ang karapat dapat at tamang buwis na dapat kong ibayad. ₱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 2 years before my brother became president. This post was simply a statement of easily verifiable BIR tax records… REALITY CHECK. ✔️ HAPPY SUNDAY EVENING. #lovelovelove ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🌈”
In an Instagram Live interview, Barretto dissed Aquino for depriving Filipinos of their rightful benefits from government taxes when she helped Eduardo solve her tax problems “involving millions to billions of pesos” by allegedly brokering a deal with then Bureau of Internal Revenue Commission Chief Kim Henares.
In a statement by her lawyer, Divina Law denied that Aquino intervened for Eduardo in any pending tax case
“Our client (Aquino) is a friend of Ms. Eduardo for seven years already and she knows her to be a law abiding citizen. However, the personal relationship of our client with Ms. Eduardo does not extend to her business interests,” Divina Law said. “Our client did not and will never aid or tolerate any tax evasion by anyone.”
Divina Law said it came out with Aquino’s tax payments to show that she has paid her income accurately and to the last centavo in keeping with the advice of her mother, the late President Cory Aquino. The tax payments showed that Aquino was the top individual taxpayer in the country and that Aquino believed “it is through the responsible paying of taxes that she may honor the support given to her by the Filipino people,” said Divina Law.
Divina Law advised Barretto and other online bashers of Aquino to “first do their due diligence when levying accusations about tax compliance, especially when they are not a party to any of the cases filed by our client or those filed against our client.” In Aquino’s words, “sawsawera.”