‘Literal na resibo’ (A literal receipt), was how social media users described the April Fools’ Day post

Claim: The Marcos family has paid its P203-billion estate tax liability to the Bureau of Internal Revenue via a popular mobile wallet app

Rating: SATIRE

Even election issues were not spared on April Fools’ Day as social media users feasted on a satirical post that said the Marcoses had finally settled their P203-billion estate tax liability via GCash, the popular mobile wallet app.

‘Literal na resibo’ (A literal receipt), was how social media users described the image, a manipulated screen capture of a GCash transaction receipt.

The satirical post by John Carl Sebastian on the “House of Representa-thieves: Butasang Pambansa” Facebook public group has been shared more than 14,000 times.

While the user himself labeled his post as “#satire,” others who copied it did not; some explanation on how GCash works is necessary as not all Filipinos use GCash, much less pay taxes through the app.

GCash accepts tax payments as the Bureau of Internal Revenue is one of its accredited billers. But the app itself imposes wallet size limits that make it impossible to pay a P203-billion tax liability from a mobile phone.

Fully verified GCash wallets with linked bank accounts can only contain up to P500,000 a month.

The Marcos estate tax issue was raised by the camp of presidential candidate Isko Moreno in early March. The Marcos camp however says the actual amount is still subject to reconciliation, although the Supreme Court ruling on the matter became final way back in 1999.

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