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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, January 29, 2011
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Governors oppose BIR move

The governors of the Philippines are unanimous in opposing moves by the Bureau of Internal Revenue to tax local governments, Gov. Alfredo Marañon said yesterday.

Marañon, who was unable to attend a League of Provinces of the Philippines meeting in Manila yesterday as he returned to Negros Occidental to meet with former senator Mar Roxas, said he was informed that the league members were unanimous in their stand.

Marañon has been opposing move by the BIR to tax the economic enterprises of the Negros Occidental provincial government since last year.

Araceli Francisco, BIR Revenue Region 12 regional director, last week went to the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City to make a presentation to the governor and other provincial officials on taxation of local government proprietary functions.

They have not named the proprietary functions of the provincial government yet as an audit is still going on but the Mambukal Resort in Murcia has been mentioned, she said.

The governor said the provincial government will file a case against the BIR before the Supreme Court if it insist of taxing its economic enterprises.*CPG



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