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“Saan ba sila nagbabayad ng buwis?” Teddy Locsin Jr. fails to answer the question

A Chinese related issue again? Nothing new.

A documentary photographer, Ezra Acayan, posted on his Facebook account saying that he ate at a Chinese restaurant in Paranáque but received a receipt written in Chinese.

“Throwback to when I dined at one of the new Chinese owned restaurants that popped up here at Multinational Village here in Parañaque. The food was great, but I wonder why the receipt was in Chinese? Saan ba sila nagbabayad ng buwis, sa Pinas ba o sa China?”.

The main question following the post is whether or not these Chinese businesses that they are referring to are paying their taxes to the BIR?

Teddy Locsin Jr., a renowned politician and the current secretary of foreign affairs, retweeted the post, and the way netizens see it, appears that he defended the Chinese side of the story.

“Most of their customers are Chinese here for the jobs no Filipino can take unless she/he is fluent in Mandarin—online gaming. C’mon, are we so weak a race and culture that we can’t have strangers speaking in strange tongues in our midst—like New York at the turn of the century?” Locsin said.

It sounds like he tried to ignore the question of whether the Chinese restaurant was paying taxes.

Netizens had a lot to say about his response.

But according to one twitter user, the same situations was found in the US, and Americans don’t even complain.

There is still no answer to whether or not the restaurant pays to the BIR.

Written by Charles Teves

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