President Rodrigo Duterte met with some of the country’s biggest taxpayers, including business tycoons Manuel V. Pangilinan and Lance Gokongwei, at the launched of the tax campaign of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) at the Philippine International Convention Center.
The President gave a message pertaining to the tax cheats done by companies and individuals saying, “You pay your taxes and pay it correctly because we need it to run government”.
Duterte assured the business leaders in his speech that “there will be no corruption” in his entire six-year term.
He said he would never interfere in any government projects as he urged the public to “slap and curse” corrupt public officials who would extort money from them.
“What you will pay, (as long as it is) accurate, correct (and) on time, the spending will be there for you,” he said.
The President jokingly said as he asked Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III what he should tell his audience at the BIR event.
“Sonny, what should I tell them? You sons of bitches, pay up or I will kill you?” he said, eliciting laughter from the audience.
“It’s just a story. Don’t believe it,” Duterte followed. “You’re not criminals.”