Why is Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao all evasive, or rather defensive, about his taxes, winnings from his tip-top matches in 2008 and 2009?
Is it because the highly-regarded hero of the Philippines is a green card holder?
An exclusive blog post from journalist Raissa Robles questioned that “if Manny Pacquiao has a green card – which makes him a permanent resident or US immigrant – then he can’t be a Philippine congressman.”
It said that to clear the fog between the government and Pacquiao’s camp is to show his complete US tax records for 2009 and 2012.
The blog post said that a California law firm specializing in immigration, http://www.wilneroreilly.com/, was hired by the Pacman as its “immigration counsel” in March 2005.
The corporate website tagged the Pacman as one of the “successful immigrants” to the United States.
According to the law, a “US immigrant, also known as a green card holder, is not an American citizen. Rather, he or she is a step short of becoming an American but has the privilege of going in and out of the US without need of a visa.”
It added that green card holders have to pay tax to the US government on all earnings in the US and elsewhere.
Pacquiao has been battling tax problems against the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) due to his P2.2 billion tax liabilities to the government.
Both camps were not allowed by the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to make any statements against each other pending the hearing of Pacquiao’s case.
But the Pacman claimed that he already paid his taxes in the United States and that he has proofs of his claim.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum also backed the Pacman’s claims.