The newly-appointed Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) chief said the agency will study the reported unpaid estate taxes of the family of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“Pag-aaralan po natin ‘yan at sisiguraduhin natin na lahat ng aksyon na gagawin natin diyan ay yung naayon lang sa batas,” BIR chief Romeo Lumagui Jr. said on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court in 1997 ruled with finality that the Marcos family owed the Philippine government P23 billion in estate taxes. The said liability has skyrocketed to P203 billion due to penalties and surcharges. 

Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, Marcos’ political party, earlier agreed that the high court’s decision was final and executory, but the surcharges could still be subject to reconciliation.

President Marcos also said that the case should be “opened”. He falsely claimed that his family was “never allowed” to share their side on the issue. 


— Ronald Espartinez