MANILA — Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Tuesday dismissed as politically motivated the estate tax issue being hurled against presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos and his family by their detractors.
This developed as he also declared that he was willing to offer his services for free as the family’s lawyer to prove that critics led by lawyer Antonio Carpio and also-ran presidential bets Isko Domagoso, Manny Pacquiao, and Leni Robredo, “were all ignorant of taxation laws and do not know what they were talking about”.
“Walang issue. Kasuhan mo si Bongbong? eh tatawanan ka. Mag-presenta sana ako na maging abogado nya at dalhin nila lahat ng magagaling na mga abogado dyan,” JPE said.
“Hindi naman ako nagyayabang, nag-practice ako ng law. Lahat ng klaseng trial na hinawakan ko na, nasa record ng Pilipinas yan. Wala pa akong natalong kaso,” he added.
Enrile, 98, is a well-known tax expert and graduated with a Master of Law degree from Harvard School of Law with a specialization in international tax law.
“Hindi ko alam eh kung anong gagawin nila pero kung ako si Bongbong, I will ignore it. Eh ‘di mag-file sila ng kaso kung totoo na may kaso subukan nila. I will present. I will tell Bongbong, ibigay mo na lang sa akin, ako na lang maghahawak nyan. Gratis et amore,” JPE said in an interview with Bombo Radyo.
Enrile explained the alleged P203-B in estate tax by Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. is big nonsense because, first of all, both the national government and the Bureau of Internal Revenue, are yet to come up with final, accurate and comprehensive assessments of the Marcos estate’s assets.
“Kalokohan yan….Nasaan yung desisyon? Hindi pwedeng yung BIR mismo ang gagawa ng assessment ng valuation at ng asset. Eh siyempre kung BIR, iwanan mo sa BIR yun eh baka lalagpas sa 200 billion ‘yung basehan nila,” said Enrile.
He added that if there is an estate tax to be paid, the government should not compel BBM and other members of Marcos’s family to settle them, but should instead ask Marcos’s estate to pay for them.
“Iyong estate tax, ‘estate’ tax nga eh, buwis ng estate at hindi buwis ni Bongbong. Hindi buwis ni Imelda. Hindi buwis ni Imee or ni Irene. Buwis ng estate ni Presidente Marcos,” he added.
Because of this, Enrile reiterated that the issue of the estate tax is only forcibly being heaped on BBM for purely political reasons.
“Kahit anong paninira n’yo kay Bongbong dito sa Ilocandia, kahapon lang nagpunta ako sa anim na barangay sa Lal-lo. Tinanong ko sinong boboto kay Pacquiao? Wala. Sinong Boboto kay Isko? Wala. Sinong boboto kay Ping? Wala. Sinong boboto kay Leni? Wala. Sinong boboto kay Bongbong? sumigaw ang mga tao, parang umalsa sabi… ‘Woohh Bongbong, BBM!’ paano mo tatalunin nyan? Kulelat kayo dito sa Ilocandia, kulelat kayo,” said Enrile.
Enrile also laughed at those who accuse Marcos because apart from politics, many of his opponents also do not understand the ramifications of the estate tax. (ai/mtvn)