Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Na-inspire: Erap to copy Digong’s Mighty out-of-court settlement offer

Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada sees the wisdom in President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to offer a P3-billion – and later increased to P15 billion – out-of-court settlement with tobacco firm Mighty Corp.

In fact, Estrada said he is also amenable to doing the same thing in Manila to secure needed funds from huge companies and corporations that have been cheating the government in tax payments.

“Why not? Put it to good use. People will benefit from it,” the Manila mayor pointed out when asked if he would replicate Duterte’s settlement offer with Mighty Corp. owner Alex Wongchuking, who is facing multi-billion-peso tax evasion and economic sabotage charges.

Estrada said the out-of-court deal being proposed by Duterte is permitted under the law and would even be advantageous to the government in compelling big-time tax evaders pay for their tax dues.

The money could then be used to fund anti-poverty programs.

“E, saan mo ilalagay ‘yung pera? Kaysa mabulsa ng iba? Because you will always think as a leader, always put the greater good of the greatest (sic) number. Sino ang greatest number? ‘Yung mahihirap,” stressed the former president.

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