‘Nothing personal’: Duterte insists ABS-CBN still have unpaid taxes

IDLED Facade of ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer) Broadcasting Heart on Sgt. Esguerra Side road in Quezon Town. —EDWIN BACASMAS

MANILA, Philippines — Whilst pronouncing he didn’t thoughts the vital tales aired through media large ABS CBN about him and his circle of relatives, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday insisted that the inside track company nonetheless owed the federal government billions of pesos in unpaid taxes, which is why he “fought” them.

“Wala akong problema sa ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer) (I don’t have an issue with ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer)). They were given my cash, they sought after to go back it when the case blew up however they published the entire rubbish together with my daughter as a drug trafficker,” he stated in his ultimate State of the Country Cope with (Sona).

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“Nilamon ko na lang lahat ‘yun as a result of I by no means sought after to seem vindictive however itong… they’re dishonest the federal government through billions in taxes,” he added.

Duterte claimed ABS CBN have been antisocial within the fee of its taxes, from having their apparatus imported tax-free, to pointing out best 4 hectares of assets when it has 40 hectares.

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“Kaya talaga, hindi ako papayag. They nonetheless owe the federal government billions,” Duterte stated.

Duterte’s insistence runs counter the Bureau of Internal Revenue‘s (BIR) findings that ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer) Corp. has no tax default as it’s been “ceaselessly” paying taxes for the previous years.

ABS CBN has been off the air since Would possibly 2020 after the Nationwide Telecommunications Fee (NTC) issued a stop and desist order in opposition to the media company after its legislative franchise has expired.

In July the similar yr, the House of Representatives also denied ABS CBN’s bid for a new franchise, successfully shutting it down.

Duterte had stated he would no longer permit ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer) to perform although Congress would grant the Lopez-owned community a brand new franchise, except the homeowners pay their taxes.

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