MANILA, Mar 23 (Mabuhay) –The Palace on Monday said that they would ask the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the economic cluster about the Marcos family’s unpaid estate taxes worth P203 billion.

“I will ask the commissioner of BIR about his stand on the issue,” said acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar. “I will ask the economic cluster of the Palace. Obviously, the question is bordering on politics.”

Pressed if the Palace would stand up for the BIR, which is the agency responsible for collecting taxes due the government, Andanar repeated, “Let me ask the economic cluster, [BIR Commissioner Caesar] Dulay and [Finance] Secretary Sonny Dominguez.”

Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., a former senator and son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., had said that there was “a lot of fake news involved” in regard to his family’s ill-gotten wealth.

As to his family’s estate tax debt, Marcos said, “They are just presumptions, they are not familiar with the cases or they choose not to be familiar with the case so yeah, it’s in the courts.

Meanwhile, during the Commission on Elections’ presidential debate, presidential bets Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice President Leni Robredo, labor leader Leody de Guzman, and Senator Panfilo Lacson called Marcos and his family out over their P203 billion of unpaid estate tax, even though the Supreme Court had upheld the decision tasking the Marcos family to pay the amount in 1997.

The BIR said it had sent collection notices to the Marcos family. (MNS)

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