FORMER Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile scoffed at retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio for issuing wrong and baseless pronouncements in connection with the estate tax of the Marcoses because he does not fully comprehend tax laws.
Enrile also pointed out that politics could be the only reason behind the issue, especially since the May 9 presidential elections is only a little more than a month away.
“Alam ninyo, mga kababayan pulitika ngayon eh bago kayo manghusga, bago kayo maniwala, makinig kayo. Bago kayo maniwala isipin muna ninyo kung totoo yung sinasabi ng mga tao na yan.
Kahit na ex-Supreme Court Justice Carpio kung hindi nya napag-aralan ‘yan at hindi nya naintindihan at hindi nya prinactice sa kanyang pagiging abogado, hindi nya naintindihan ‘yan,” he added.
The former senate president reiterated that the so-called P203-billion estate tax demanded from the Marcoses is pure nonsense.
“Ang taxpayer ng estate tax, ay hindi ‘yung tagapag mana, kalokohan ‘yung sinasabi nila na may utang si Bong Bong Marcos at kanyang mga kapatid. Ang gumawa ng issue, ang gobyerno ni Cory Aquino, sinequester nila yung mga ari arian ni presidente Marcos, pagkatapos sisingilin nila ng estate tax eh kalokohan yun, kaya dapat yung legitimacy nung ari arian ni presidente Marcos, malinis yun at dun mo babayaran yung utang niya kung may utang siya,” he said.
The camp of presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. earlier said the issue surfaced because of gutter politics.
“Our rivals are misdirecting everyone by claiming that the case has attained finality when the truth of the matter is, it is still pending in court and the ownership of the properties in litigation has yet to be settled,” said Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesman and chief of staff.
“It is not a coincidence that rivals of presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos are raising this matter in unison a few weeks before the elections; sadly, this is all about politics,” he added.