Man, we bet this was not the hero's welcome he was expecting.
Two days after his dramatic boxing comeback in Macau, the government slapped Manny Pacquiao with a P2.2 billion tax evasion case, threatening to freeze all his assets, including his bank accounts (lots of 'em) and land properties (lots of 'em), in the process. That ought to hurt more than a Marquez haymaker!
According to reports, the tax case stemmed from the supposed failure of Manny's accountant to file the Pac-Man's income tax returns from the multi-million dollar taxes collected by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service from his prize winnings for the years 2008 and 2009, which amounts to over $28 million. Pacquiao, meanwhile, insists that the government's claims are baseless and that this is a mere game of politics.
"Nagpabugbog ako, kumita ako, kinuha ng gobyerno," he vents out. "Pero kapag nagnakawa ka [hindi naman nakakasuhan]. Wala pa akong nakitang nagnakaw ng marami, pero na-garnish lahat ng pera." The boxing icon was even reportedly forced to borrow money just so he could live up to his promise to the people of Tacloban. "Huwag po kayong mag-alala riyan. Darating at darating ako kahit mangutang ako ulit." Aaawww.
We're not saying Manny is in the right here, but he totally had us at that last statement. That's pretty awesome of you, idol. Don't you think he's been nothing but nice to us? Thus, we shall now bestow Pacquiao a new moniker: "Good Guy Manny."
Yo, government peeps, can you give this guy a break just this one time? Do we have to prove to you how nice and humble he's been?
Yes? Oh, okay...
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