Drilon tells Vicki Belo to stop whining: You can burn P80M for a Paris wedding, you can surely afford to pay taxes
Senator Francis Drilon said he has nothing personal against bilyonarya Vicki Belo when he used her lavish wedding to Hayden Kho as his counterpoint to justify the proposed 10 percent tax on cosmetic surgery.
In a TV interview, ANC Karen Davila asked why Drilon made Belo’s wedding an example in the Senate tax debates when “she workd hard for the money.”
But Drilon stood his ground. “The point is this: if we can show we can afford such luxury… activity where huge amounts of money are spent, why can we not agree to pay what is due to the government in terms of taxes. Bakit naman ganoon?”
Drilon said that unlike fuel and food, cosmetic surgery was a luxury, a non-essential, that deserved to be taxed heavily (the original proposal was 20 percent). He aid that if the government would burden farmers, jeepney drivers and fixed-income workers with higher taxes, the more it should tax rich people especially who flaunt their wealth like Belo.
“Bakit ‘yung luxury na cosmetic (surgery) ‘di naman kailangan ‘yun, purely luho, hindi buwisan. Nothing personal, it’s just meant to emphasize the fact that we need to be equitable and tax with fairness,” said Drilon.
During the Senate debate, Drilon blurted out: “Labag talaga sa kalooban ko. I cannot accept this, that we will not impose tax, especially when we read about some extravagant wedding abroad. $2 million ginastos [sa] opera house sa Paris, tapos ‘di natin bubuwisan? ‘Di naman tama.”
Showbiz webssite Pep claimed that Belo splurged P80 million for her wedding to lover Hayden Kho last September, including a P16,000 meal for each of her 250 guests, P8 million gown designed by Mike Cinco, and her one-week stay at the Ritz hotel’s Coco Chanel suite at P1.35 million per night.