Incoming BIR chief on Marcos estate tax: We will comply with court ruling

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 21) — Incoming Bureau of Internal Revenue commissioner Lilia Guillermo has committed to comply with the court's decision regarding the estate tax issue of the Marcos family.

"I have not read the documents but if it's already done from the Supreme Court that it's final and executory and BIR has to do the collection then we will collect. I have not seen the documents, but if that is the case I will look at it and try to collect what is in that document," she told CNN Philippines' The Final Word.

An Entry of Judgment shows the Supreme Court ordered the Marcos heirs to pay ₱23 billion in estate tax on June 5, 1997. The order became final and executory on March 9, 1999. The total amount is estimated to have currently reached around ₱203 billion due to penalties and surcharges.

The political party of President-elect Bongbong Marcos agrees on the ₱23 billion as final and executory.

However, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas general counsel Atty. George Briones earlier noted that the additional charges cannot be deemed final just yet. 

Guillermo expects to have the documents on Monday, the day set for a turnover of responsibilities with the outgoing BIR officials. After she confirms the figures and other information, she said she will speak with Marcos in July about the matter.

"I will have to talk to the President that BIR needs to collect it and maybe I will inform him, 'Mr. President, it's not you who's going to pay this but it's the estate, your family. I hope there will be no objections and (you will) be a role model to at least comply [to] the rules of taxation,'" Guillermo explained.