Duterte to ‘shut up forever’ on Lucio Tan’s tax liabilities after PAL pays in cash and kind
President Rodrigo appears to have buried the hatchet with bilyonaryo Lucio Tan after Philippine Airlines offered a special flight to bring home distressed Filipino workers from Kuwait.
In a speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Tuesday (February 13), Duterte said he will no longer bring up Tan’s tax liabilities.
“Because of this incident, Mr. Lucio Tan, I’m going to shut up forever. Wala ka nang marinig sa akin na salita na ‘di ka — hindi ka nagbayad ng… Okay na sa akin, tapos na,” he said.
“Nabayaran mo naman ‘yung taxes mo at ‘yung ipinakita mo. And mind you, I am ready to protect every businessman, kagaya ninyo,” he added.
In addition to mounting a chartered flight for distressed Filipino workers, Duterte said he also appreciated the help Tan extended to transport relief goods to Marawi.
Duterte previously slammed Tan for having as much as P30 billion in unpaid taxes. Last year, he threatened to shut down NAIA Terminal 2, which is exclusively used by PAL, if the flag carrier did not pay its P7-billion tax liabilities within 10 days.
PAL paid the government P6 billion for the navigational charges it accumulated over the years.