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Five more bank accounts of Manny Pacquiao have been frozen, Pacquiao's camp stated on Monday, December 2, but BIR Commissioner Kim Henares insisted that only two had a freeze order, including the account with P800,000 deposit.

Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao said he cannot access even a peso in his accounts including the account with the Land Bank of the Philippines, which is used to pay the salaries of his staff in congress, scholarship grantees and his lawyers.

In a press briefing, Pacquiao made an appeal to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to abolish the garnishment of his bank accounts and properties so that he can already pay to his employees, and lawyers.

But BIR Commissioner Kim Henares stated that there's only two banks who have reported that they have held on to certain amounts of money of Manny Pacquiao.

"As far as the Bureau of Internal Revenue is concerned, there's only two banks who have held on to certain amounts of money of Mr. Pacquiao. That's all the information that we have," Henares said in a phone interview. "I cannot report something that I don't have information about."

As was reported, the Bureau of Internal Revenue ordered Pacquiao's bank deposits frozen due to an alleged P2.2-billion tax liability.

The tax bureau accused Pacquiao of failing to report his dollar winnings from his fights against Juan Manuel Marquez, David Diaz, and Oscar de la Hoya in 2008; and Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto in 2009.


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