Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) revealed shocking information on how connected the man involved in the 6.4-B shabu shipment last year to an opposition Senator.
Controversial businessman Kenneth Dong, who’s arrested several days ago is facing tax evasion charges for failure to file annual income tax return resulting in non-payment of taxes in 2013 and 2016, a total of P11,406,940.60.
Despite not paying taxes, a document from Commission on Elections showed that Kenneth Dong contributed 3 million pesos in 2013 and 5 million pesos in 2016 to support the candidacy of Senator Risa Hontiveros.
Hontiveros didn’t deny her connection to Kenneth Dong and admitted that she’s a godmother of the businessman at his wedding.
“Noong ikakasal na siya, inimbita niya ako kasama sina Senator Migs Zubiri, Kiko Pangilinan, Joel Villanueva, Ralph Recto, na magninong-ninang kami sa kasal niya,” Hontiveros said in an interview last year.
The lady Senator clarified that she didn’t know that Dong is doing questionable activities when her campaign team accepted the contribution.
“‘Yung campaign team ko ay may vetting process sa mga magpapakilala at magsasabing gusto nilang tumulong. As far as my campaign team knew then, at sa pagkakaalam ko rin ngayon, siya ay isang lehitimong negosyante,” she said.
She also pointed out that despite their connection, she will not do anything to save Dong from being punished for allegedly bringing shabu in the country.
“Talagang shocked na shocked ako, muntik akong mahulog sa silya nung banggitin yung pangalan niya bilang siya daw ang middleman sa shabu smuggling sa Bureau of Custom,” she said.