Truth evasion

TAX evasion is a crime but so is truth evasion.

The problem, however, is that both crimes are hard to prove, especially when the accused have a battery of lawyers, tax experts and political allies.

Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado “Dato” Macapagal, one if the sons of former president and now congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is now complaining of being harassed by the government of President Benigno Aquino III which is threatening to sue Dato of evading taxes.

He says he has nothing to fear against the Bureau of Internal Revenues plan to scrutinize his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth, short of saying that contrary to BIR’s allegations, his records are clean.

The fear lingers, though, because he believes that like his brother Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, they are being unfairly maligned.

If that is their belief, the two should immediately and voluntarily disclose their assets and the extent of their wealth rather than engaging in a word war with their accusers.

The same thing should be said of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima who is incidentally also the boss, more or less, of BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares.

Can Henares now also ask Purisima to detail the taxes he had paid in so many years dating back from his start in government service?

Mikey said “the issue is the seemingly very selective persecution of anyone associated with the previous administration – and the use of the government’s precious man hours and resources to this end – at a time when our country is suffering from the effects of the Middle East problems, the rising figures of self-rated hunger, the worsening unemployment, the rising cost of not only of gas but of all commodities.”

What do they want? Solve the hunger problem first before investigating Purisima and the Arroyos?

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