Manny Pacquiao, Wille Revillame and Piolo Pascual are RP’s Top 3 individual taxpayers for 2008

Clockwise: Manny Pacquiao, Willie Revillame, Piolo Pascual, Michael V and Kris Aquino. Photo by Noel Orsal of

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) named boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, TV host Willie Revillame and actor Piolo Pascual as the first three in their list of the Top 500 Taxpayers of 2008, reports.

Among the celebrities in the list were Kris Aquino (No. 8), Michael V (No. 10), Judy Ann Santos (No. 25), John Lloyd Cruz (No. 116), Lea Salonga, Bea Alonzo, Marian Rivera, Luis Manzano, Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Dolphy, Carmina Villarroel, Rufa Mae Quinto, Richard Gomez, Jericho Rosales and Ai Ai de las Alas. Broadcasters Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco placed 23rd and 45th, respectively.

BIR Commissioner Joel Tan Torres released the Top 20 Taxpayers in April to encourage the public to file proper tax returns. For the safety and privacy of the people in the list, the BIR did not reveal their personal information such as their total earnings and corresponding remittances, according to a report published in July. The bureau later removed the list from their website after some of the named taxpayers requested for them to do so. However, reported earlier this month that the local magazine BizNews Asia has recently enumerated the BIR’s Top 500, including the taxes they paid.

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