President Benigno Aquino III’s youngest sister, Kris Aquino, drew flak from netizens anew after posting a meme on her Instagram account on April 24, which listed the amount of taxes she paid from 2008 to 2015.
The list read:
2008: #8 Top Taxpayer P25,443,936.22
2009: #37 Top Taxpayer P12,786,797.52
2010: #17 Top Taxpayer P32,309,962
2011: #1 Top Taxpayer P49,871,657
2012: #6 Top Taxpayer P44,933,335
2013: #16 Top Taxpayer P40,481,146
2014: #6 Top Taxpayer P54,530,635
2015: (no ranking available) P61,741,090
The TV host-actress captioned the meme with hastags #TRUTH #HonestTaxpayer
Aquino posted the meme after a photo that was taken of her riding a government helicopter for a Liberal Party (LP) campaign sortie in Cebu went viral.
Malacanang Palace, through Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, defended Aquino and said: “Members of the President’s family are allowed to ride with him in official government vehicles.”
In a media briefing on April 19, Aquino said his sister was allowed to ride the chopper with him because she was among the country’s taxpayers.
On April 22, the presidential sister asked supporters of Roxas to defend her, claiming she was being bullied by netizens.
Aquino’s meme has received more than 7,000 comments eight hours after it was posted.
Here were some comments newscentral.ph had gathered after Aquino’s IG post:
Don’t brag about your tax, it’s has no diference from ours.. Small or big we are all contributors for this country. Mabuti pa nga siguro kayo nakukuha niyo pabalik tax niyo sa bulsa niyo hahahah
PERA PERA NA LANG PALA TALAGA. What about the other tax payers? Kelan sila pwedeng magpa-schedule for a presidential chopper ride kasi uh… nagbabayad din sila ng tax.
Hindi naman pinag uusapan dito kung malaki o maliit ang naibigay natin sa govt. It is true that she can used the helicopter because she is the presidentiable sister at isama sya sa official trip ng president. They can do that. But ang point dito ay yung gamitin nila sa campaign yung govt helicopter which is unethical. Yun naman ang sentiment ng taong bayan.
Ms Aquino announced on March 8 that she has gone on an indefinite leave from showbiz to “eat healthy, sleep early, exercise regularly, and live quietly” for her sons Josh, her son by actor Philip Salvador, and Bimby, by PBA basketball superstar James Yap.
Thumbnail image from Kris Aquino’s Instagram account