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tax evasion charges against boxer Pacquiao dropped

Famous Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, a former presidential candidate, won a long legal battle on Friday, October 7, with the decision of an appeals court to drop charges against him for tax evasion. The court held that there was no basis for prosecution for non-payment of income tax. Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee were accused in 2012 by the tax authorities of owing the tax authorities more than 2.2 billion pesos (about 37 million euros) in unpaid taxes for 2008 and 2009. The president of At the time, Benigno Aquino was fighting tax evasion as part of an anti-corruption campaign. Pacquiao claimed to have paid taxes for 2008 and 2009 in the United States, with which the Philippines has an agreement to avoid double taxation. Former world champion in six different categories, Manny Pacquiao, 43, senator since 2016, ended 26 years of a brilliant sports career last year to run in vain for the presidency of the Philippines.

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