a lawyer’s exhaustive take on Manny Pacquiao’s tax problems or “why Pacquiao’s lawyers & accountants failed him”
A LAWYER’S TAKE ON PAQUIAO-BIR BOUT: AN INSTANT LESSON ON TAXATION
Reposted below is Atty. Raymund Fortun’s discussion.
What DOES the law say?
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) levies income tax on taxable income from within and outside of the country on all citizens of the Philippines, even those working abroad. Of course, another country (e.g. the US) also has the right to tax people for incomes earned within its jurisdiction. In order to avoid the unfair situation where a Filipino earns income abroad and taxed there and is subsequently obligated to pay taxes for the SAME income as a Filipino citizen, the Philippines and the US have an income tax convention as early as 1976, providing for “Relief from Double Taxation”. So without having to bore you all with details, it is possible for a Filipino working abroad to be slapped with taxes by the US, but can use this fact as a “Tax Credit” in filing his income tax return
in the Philippines.
So what does the Pacman have to do to avoid being taxed twice?1. He has to pay taxes in the US for income earned therein.
2. He has to secure the official IRS form that the taxes have been paid. A CERTIFICATION FROM TOP RANK BOXING JUST WON’T DO.
3. He has to file an income tax return in the Philippines for the year covered. NOTE that the Pacman has other incomes aside from boxing, such as TV advertisements, product endorsements etc.
4. He has to submit the IRS “tax-paid” form and other tax-withheld forms to support his claim that he should only pay X amount of tax.
5. He should answer in a timely manner all letters sent by the BIR, including assessment notices.
6. If he does not agree with the assessment, he should then avail himself of legal remedies as provided under the Internal Revenue Code.
If he did NOT do any of these, then the BIR has the right to impose the appropriate tax on him, and to run after his properties in the process. Again, it must be stated: DURA LEX, SED LEX. The law is harsh, but that is the law. If the Pacman violated the law, then he should be held answerable.
In response to some of his followers’ queries, Atty. Fortun provided these additional explanations.
1. The obligation to file an income tax return belongs to the taxpayer; it is NOT the taxman’s job to make inquiries to another taxing authority. I am certain that several notices/letters were sent to Pacman to explain his incomes and taxes due before the Writ of Garnishment was issued.
2. What Pacman should have done is demand from Top Rank the Certification of Tax Withheld (W-2 in the Philippines) and, if this was not given, to secure from the IRS the needed form. I’m certain that Pacman has good lawyers and accountants to make the proper filings before the problem became too big.
3. Tax liabilities NEED NOT reach the point where the BIR has to issue a Writ of Garnishment.
Most taxpayers who are caught not paying the proper taxes just resort to SETTLING THEIR TAX LIABILITY through compromise agreements. The reason why the BIR went hard at Pacman because he appears to have ignored the various assessment notices issued, or even paid under protest man lang.
4. “Why me, when everyone is doing the same thing?” If there is anyone who is converting this into a political issue, it’s Manny Pacquiao. The issue is simple: DID HE PAY PROPER TAXES OR NOT? DID HE PROPERLY FILE HIS INCOME TAX RETURNS? If the answer to both questions is in the negative, then the BIR is correctly running after his winnings. Enough of the “maraming kurakot diyan na hindi dine-demanda”. If he knows of such corrupt people, point them out to the BIR so that they can also be subjected to tax notices.
5. People, just check the Pacquiao camp’s “defense”:
1. I just brought honour to the country, and this is what you repay me? How dare you!
2. There are other people who do not pay proper taxes, and yet i’m the one who is issued a Writ of Garnishment
3. Why have you not garnished the accounts of the senators in the PDAF scam?
4. I will make a loan just to give relief goods and visit Tacloban
5. I am with the opposition, hence, i’m being singled out
See? All preying on the public’s emotions.
The issue is really quite simple — IF HE DECLARED HIS INCOME PROPERLY, THEN THERE IS NO CASE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER HE’S IN THE OPPOSITION OR NOT, WHETHER HE WINS OR LOSES HIS FIGHTS. He has enough money to hire the best lawyers and accountants to fix his tax problems BEFORE they became problems. That’s the difference between him and Lucio Tan — LT hires the best people to make sure that he does not have any legal issues with the government.Re: the PDAF scam, please be informed that the BIR has already filed a tax evasion case against Janet Napoles, her daughter and brother. As to the senators/congressmen, their time will come. However, it may be more difficult to file tax evasion cases because there is no paper trail (as BenHur Luy and the other whistleblowers have testified). When there is no declared income, the BIR cannot just tax. Manny Pacquiao’s fight purses, on the other hand, are a matter of public record.
6. Question: “bakit nafreeze agad mga accounts nya? Bakit si Sexi and Pogi hindi nangyari yun eh may mga under declared din sila na mga income and properties…”
Because Manny’s case had been pending before the BIR for sometime. On the other hand, and to this day, nobody has admitted being Sexy and Pogi, and Jinggoy/Bong have denied having received any amounts. When the criminal cases have been filed with the Sandiganbayan, THEN and only then can the government move to freeze their accounts.
7. Question: “Bakit kung kaso ni Lucio Tan, hindi agad sila nag-issue ng WG? hanggang sa maapila yata ni Lucio Tan yung Tax Evasion at maging pabor sa kanya, walang WG n nilabas ang BIR. sabi nun tax expert from Las Vegas, taon daw **** inaabot if kukuha ka ng certified true copy sa IRS?”
I do not know the complete details of Lucio Tan’s case, but I have reason to believe that LT’s lawyers did the proper legal steps — filed a case before the Court of Tax Appeals and secured a TRO to prevent the issuance of a Writ of Garnishment. Simply put, smart ang mga abogado ni Lucio Tan.
I’m not too sure that i can accept the possibility that the US IRS is soooo inefficient that it would take years to issue a certified copy of a tax payment.
8. So now people question the timing. If the BIR enforced the WG before the fight, AND pacquiao got distracted enough to lose the fight, you would all be up in arms and say, “sana hinintay nyo na lang after the fight! Ayan tuloy, natalo!” The situation is called ‘damned if you do, damned if you dont’. Somehow, I accept the BIR’s move to enforce the WG after the fight.
I go back to the basic premise. If he filed his returns properly, we wouldn’t even be having this thread now. He has nobody but himself to blame.
9. Question: “Are you also implying sir that Filipino OFWs working in countries that have no income tax convention with the Philippine government are still mandated by law to pay income taxes with emphasis to the Middle East (wherein tax rates nearing 0%)?”
As a general rule, all Filipinos are obliged to file tax returns and pay taxes for income inside and outside the country. Thats the law.
10. TO ALL OFW’s:
According to Revenue Regulations No. 1-2011, the wage or income of an OFW that is earned out of the country is exempted from income tax. However, the earnings of an OFW from a business venture or any other property in the Philippines is subject to tax obligations.
Remittances from OFWs are also exempted from the documentary stamp tax (DST). However, according to BIR rule, in the case of OFW remittances sent through banks, the recipient is required to show proof of entitlement to DST exemption such as OEC or Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OEC) certificate.
All OFWs also enjoy exemption from paying travel tax and airport fees, although they are required to show proof that they are legal migrant workers.
11. Pacquiao is “targetted” because his income is a matter of public record. Fight purses are announced even before the fight. The enormity of the amounts involved justifies the extra effort to collect. Finally, I cannot discount the possibility that politics has a hand in government actions. Whether this is a smokescreen to mask other existing (or future) issues is not for me to speculate on.
12. I saw Pacquiao’s interviews during the first day. He kept harping on the certification given by Top Rank. Posible na hindi lang sya marunong magpaliwanag siguro. But as a matter of legal practice, a Certified Copy is usually acceptable, and NOBODY asks for originals.
Lastly, income tax is based on gross income less expenses. Salaries and commissions are deductible expenses. Hindi ko po masasagot if Pacquiao, in his ITR, already deducted these expenses from his net income subject to tax.
13. Anyway, this tax case has been pending for 2 years. If indeed the BIR was asking for a DUPLICATE original, then it would not have been hard to: (1) inform BIR to give him time to secure the requested form, and/or (2) pay the necessary fee — US$50? — for the IRS to produce the needed form. Sa mga interviews ni Pacquiao or his lawyers, wala akong narinig that they sent BIR letters to explain why they could not produce the needed docs. That the Writ of Garnishment was issued shows that’s Pacquiao was given AMPLE TIME to defend himself/present documents but whatever he gave was not acceptable under the BIR rules.
14. Question: ” kapag ba hindi ka nagfile ng ITR sa BIR, automatic kakasuhan ka nila ng Tax Evasion?”
Oh yes! Dapat talaga mag-file Ng ITR kahit Zero pa ang tax na babayaran. More so yung mga high-profile na income earners. Madali po mahuli yung hindi nag-file Ng ITR kasi computerized po.
15. Question: “Well, Pacman is an easy target! why don’t we hear about false declaration of assets among celebrity politicians?
Because celebrity politicans are NOT the issue.
16. Early on I had said that Pacquiao’s income is a matter of public record. When boxers sign up for a match, the purses are made known to the public. This is beyond dispute and impervious to challenge.
Thus, when Pacquiao declared ONLY Php50 Million (less than $1,300,000) as income, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that HE DID NOT FILE A CORRECT INCOME TAX RETURN. The 50M may probably only cover his income from product endorsements and TV commercials here in the Philippines. It is so clear that he did NOT declare his revenues (fight purse and pay per view) for fights abroad.
The BIR most certainly will send him a deficiency tax assessment. The legal remedy is to file a revised ITR and pay additional taxes thereon. The Writ of Garnishment is the end result of Pacquiao’s failure to pay his taxes properly.
17. I dont blame people for saying that politics is involved. But the fact of the matter is pretty simple: did he pay his taxes properly or not?
Does the government stay away from collecting taxes due, out of fear that people will point out that he supported a different candidate during the elections?
When is the right timing? If the BIR froze the accounts BEFORE the fight and Pacquiao lost, wouldnt people blame the BIR for the loss? It’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation because of the personality involved.
18. Question: “Bakit sabi ni Henares sa PressCon nya, hindi na daw pwede i-revise yun ITR ni Pacquiao?”
He can’t revise it NOW because the process has run its course. He had a chance TWO YEARS AGO to do it.
It’s a tax case but a legal case as well. There are PERIODS for doing certain things. Once the period lapses, then a judgment becomes final. Pretty elementary po.
19. Comment: “BIR is now asking Manny to pay AGAIN! Double taxation is ILLEGAL.”
My main post is about the procedure to avoid double taxation. Tama po, it is unfair to be taxed twice. I am sure the IRS got its share. So it was just a matter of Pacquiao doing what our BIR requires — submit official docs to prove that he has been taxed. Apparently he did not. When the assessment came, his accountants/lawyers did not even protest; thus, the assessment became final.
Do note the government’s argument: Pacquiao only declared 50M as income in 2009. It is blatantly clear that he underdeclared. Sorry po, sana wag nyo paandarin ang conspiracy theories because the issue is so so simple.
20. People keep saying that Lucio Tan’s assets haven’t been frozen.
Lucio Tan hires the best lawyers and accountants to defend him and file the right docs. THAT, my friends, is the key difference. So please stop the Lucio Tan comparisons because, frankly, there is NO comparison.
21. Question: “Well the question still persist: do we have the accurate information with regards to this fiasco? What do we have: 50M as under declared income 2009 and supposed unprotested BIR assessment by Pacman’s lawyers and accountants…”
I believe that info is more than enough po. Do the math because you can easily verify it by googling it. How much was the purse of Pacquiao for his fight in 2009? More than Php50M ($1.2M)? He definitely did not declare properly. Don’t blame the accountants either. Remember: WE ALL SIGN OUR ITRs. Manny knew or ought to have known that what was filed was not accurate.
22. We are ALL commenting based on known facts. And yes, we should all concede that we dont have all the facts. That is why my main post says ” IF he did not do ANY of these…”. As you see, my opinion is a CLINICAL discussion of the law and the facts.
I wonder who is arguing on the basis of emotion and not on blind and simple logic…
23. The law is there, and laws are inherently for the good of all. HOW the law is applied defines the goodness of leaders.
Kaya I can accept people asking for compassion or maybe questioning the timing. In such instance, the law is not being questioned but HOW it was implemented here.
But “baket si Lucio, hindi nafi-freeze” or “kurakot ang gobyerno” or “pinupulitika si Manny” or “baket si Corona/Napoles” are fallacies in argumentation because they do not address the issue; instead, they point at ‘facts’ that do not in any way help in answering the real issue.
24. Kung nagkulang si Pacquiao kasi hindi nya binigay ang pruweba na nagbayad sya, then he should just own up to his stupidity instead of raising non-issues and playing with the public’s emotions.
25. Two things: (1) underdeclaration of income and (2) failure to present proof of payment. I am 100% sure na nagbayad si Pacquiao ng tax sa US but if he failed to declare properly AND/OR failed to give proper documentation, then he has nobody to blame but himself for his predicament.
26. The fact that he paid taxes in the US does not mean that he has NO tax liabilities in the Phils.
What he paid are for revenues in the US. He also has revenues in the Phils. One’s tax liabilities in the Phils = revenues in and OUTSIDE the Phils less expenses less tax credits. The higher your revenues, the bigger your tax liability. By declaring only 50M, malaking kakulangan sa gobyerno.
27. A news article says “DOJ junks tax case vs Pacquiao”.
That is a criminal complaint filed by the BIR in 2012 for Pacquiao’s alleged refusal to present his tax records. The case was dismissed on a technicality, i.e. the summons should be served on the person himself and, upon his refusal to receive, the BIR may resort to substituted service.
That dismissal by the DOJ has absolutely no bearing on the tax case for under declaration of earnings for 2009.
On a final note, Attorney Raymond Fortun says:
Pacquiao was one of the highest taxpayers in 2008. Then suddenly, he pays “just” Php7 Million in 2009. He instantly got “red-flagged” by the BIR. It wasn’t that BIR simply and suddenly didn’t want to accept the TopRank documents. Yung documents kasi, madaling intindihin kung ayaw talaga magbigay ang IRS. But it was the sudden drop in declared income that did Pacquiao in. When he declared “only” Php50 Million for 2009 despite the indisputable evidence of his earnings for 2009, then there was clearly an under-declaration of income. THAT is the super big problem that was never resolved until the BIR issued the Writ of Garnishment.
I hope this blog helps in keeping a record of what the good attorney does to make the law more understandable. I hope some points in this “clinical discussion of the law” finally answer Ira Panganiban’s open letter to Kim Henares. For Ira’s letter, google it.
man allegedly stole a woman Yolanda volunteer’s cellphone, takes selfies, didn’t know cellphone automatically sends the selfies to Dropbox
it’s an amazing story, one that can probably make you cry, laugh and get angry all at the same time, or one after the other. we saw an article online about it (http://www.wheninmanila.com/thief-steals-from-volunteers-helping-typhoon-victims-unknowingly-uploads-selfies-to-the-internet/) and was shown at TV Patrol last night.
a certain NJ Torres (name from TV Patrol) was doing volunteer work for Yolanda survivors at Villamor Airbase and while doing work there, she had the unfortunate experience of her cellphone, a Samsung S4 was stolen from her.
days after, Torres found out who stole her phone or at least know how the alleged thief looks like. the alleged thief took selfies. but what the alleged thief didn’t know was that the cellphone was automatically sending all the pictures taken by the cellphone to the cellphone owner’s Dropbox account. the owner we suppose went to a computer and most likely to her surprise or disgust or both sees the uploaded selfies of the person who may have stolen her cellphone.
it’s an amazing story of several stories:
- primarily for us it’s one of disgust that people actually go to a place and activity that is all about strangers who are charitable enough to do volunteer work for victims of Yolanda with the intent of stealing cellphones of the volunteers. instead of helping, this alleged thief was there to steal and take advantage of the volunteers.
- one more count of disgust that the alleged thief would have the gall to take selfies from a stolen cellphone
- a triumph of technology and social media where the technology silently and worked incognito to reveal to the owner and the world the disgusting crime of some humans. social media contributed as we saw this story on the internet and when we posted the story at twitter (@wawam), it got multiple retweets from many people, most we did not know and did not follow. the effect of that is this man’s face, the alleged thief, is known to many of us and hopefully others will be warned and eventually caught
when we tweeted the story, it actually caught the attention of police authorities. we are hoping the alleged thief will be caught and made to answer for his crime and spanked with a stinging lesson from technology and social media.
these are the other selfies taken by the alleged thief.
I just want to give a friendly warning to all of you especially who are volunteering now in Villamor Airbase and other relief operations. Some people are just here to really take advantage during times like these.
As you might know, I lost some valuables last Tuesday, November 19, while doing volunteer work in Villamor Airbase. Before we even started, we noticed this guy in pink shirt lingering around our designated area, but since we thought he is with the other volunteer group with the sole purpose also of helping the Yolanda survivors, we just ignored him and continued packing & distributing relief goods. Little did we know that he was there not to help, but he was there for his own personal gain.
Thanks to technology, I was able to confirm my suspicions. Two days after the incident, I was able to retrive pictures of him thru my Dropbox app account that is synced to my stolen Samsung S4 phone. YESSS! THE THIEF IS UNKNOWINGLY SENDING ME HIS SELFIE PICS!!!
The police said this might be a scheme/ modus operandi, so please, to all of you, please be warned. Look at his pictures. Stare at it. (Creepy!!) Be vigilant. Take care of your things and beware of people like him. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. Pls help me share.
Yep. we are 500% sure!!! I was with other friends that night. We all remembered him from that night lurking around our area. It will be too much of a coincidence that he was there too the moment I lost my phone… and he coincidentally bought the same phone in Greenhills… and the first picture uploaded by him is around the time I lost my phone..
reading all the news and looking at all the pictures, these we think are next steps and the lessons learned from the super storm Yolanda (Haiyan) experience:
- there is a need to put up a separate Disaster Prevention & Rescue National Agency for whom a cabinet-level head should be appointed. this agency is at the same level as the Finance, DILG, Defense and others. this is necessary as it has now become apparent that national calamities like earthquakes, floods and storms will be a constant and regular occurrence in the country and they are not getting less frequent nor less severe. this year alone, it feels like the philippines has experienced at least one major natural disaster every three months and the need for rescue and rebuilding appear to be monthly and year round. setting up such a department will enable the country to have a well trained, well equipped and well staffed agency that will handle all the rescue needs of the country at a highly professional and effective level. this agency will operate independently of other agencies in government and reports directly to the president. it may as needed call on other agencies in the government for help and support when it operates in the field.
- this agency will have its own set of organization, personnel, equipment, tools and training specific to disaster prevention and most specially search, rescue and relief. the organization will be very similar to the military but with goals and mandates very different from the military. key here will be the training of its personnel and the hiring of people with specific skills and experiences that will cover the whole breathe and width of search, rescue and relied. it will have departments or divisions with specializations – like medical. rescue, engineering, communications, logistics, technology & IT, psychiatry, social work, security and others. it will have its own equipment like cargo planes, ships, boats, trucks and others. it will have bases on which personnel and equipment will be housed, one each in Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.
- the organization and logistics capability of this agency should be very close to what a military organization has. think of it this way – it has reconnaissance, it brings everything with it from food, water to hardware, the whole logistical needs and people with skills and training needed when it invades a country.
- pre-positioning of relief goods, rescue & relief teams and equipment should be done two ways – one in the area where the disaster is expected to hit and at an area nearest the disaster area but not in the path of the storm. the lesson of Yolanda was that the whole of Tacloban was demolished by the storm hence whatever relief goods and equipment that were pre-positioned there before the storm his has been demolished as well. having a second place where the pre-positioning was done will ensure that ground zero will get help almost immediately versus equipment and relief goods coming from Metro Manila.
- the national government should be prepared to put in place people coming from other areas who will take over the local government and its function on an immediate basis. a law will probably needs to be passed for this. the experience in Tacloban showed that because the storm devastated the whole place, even the local government officials may have died, or family members have died and certainly their own homes demolished. given that situation it is understandable that the local government officials will not be able to function or perform their duties for sometime.
- security (military and police), clearing crews and rescue teams should be the first groups to be put in place in a disaster hit area. one of the first questions we asked our self was this – why did we not see news items on people buried under the rubble or thrown at sea being rescued by rescue teams? to us appeared no group made an effort for people who were still alive but buried under the rubble at Tacloban. its hard to imagine how many people may have been saved if crews went out to look under the rubble. tougher to think, that we just let them die there. we also read in the news that the police were not at all present in the streets of Tacloban that goons terrorized people a nd looting occurred. given the widespread destruction, the local police personnel must have suffered themselves hence they were not out in the streets keeping order and protecting lives and properties. we also here that in many cases trucks with relief goods were stopped by residents and its contents looted. obviously security in situations like these is very important. local police cannot be relied on since they are also victims. the military and police from outside provinces should immediately brought in.
- there is a need to redefine or have a better understand the meaning of the term “storm surge”. people in tacloban seemed to have misunderstood the true meaning and corresponding risk with the term “storm surge”. two days ago we had a conversation with Mahar Lagmay (@nababaha) who is the lead of Project Noah on “storm surge”. ted failon of abs-cbn described “storm surge” as the “whole sea falling onto the whole city of tacloban’ thus flooding the whole place which based on TV news footages up to neck-deep to reaching the roofs of two-story homes. many died because of this storm surge. we suggested to mr. lagmay that perhaps we need to redefine what a “storm surge” means so that people will understand the real risks. if not redefine it, then look for other descriptors to make it more understandable. in fact international articles including ted failon likened the storm surge to a tsunami.
~~ to be continued ~~
here is where you can read and see pics of the aftermath of super storm yolanda (super storm haiyan) at Flipboard that devastated the Visayas in the Philippines:
click link to “Philippines – Bayan Ko (Philippines – My Country)” : https://flipboard.com/section/philippines—bayan-ko-bvLfcI
click link to “OMG!” : https://flipboard.com/section/omg!-bo8zji
screen cap above, shows even Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011 at Flipboard covered Yolanda (top section, left, second from the left).
we got the above message from Viber – free calls from viber to any number in the US, mobile or landline for people in the philippines to call their relatives and friends that they are safe. thank you, Viber.
we tried the free Viber call (california) and it worked very well.
above is a Flipboard magazine dedicated to pictures from Haiyan : https://flipboard.com/section/news-bUOmct
where are the 2 foreign storm chasers, james reynolds and jim edds both inside Tacloban before super storm Yolanda hit
a day or two before super storm yolanda (haiyan) hit tacloban, we followed two foreign storm chasers on twitter, james reynolds (@typhoonfury) and jim edds (@ExtremeStorm). the two were in tacloban before the storm hit the city. they were even tweeting when they arrived at the city together with the preparations they were doing and a few situationers.
however, both of them sent out tweets last november 8 right about the brunt of the super typhoon his tacloban. no other tweets were posted after. we are wondering about them.
“in journalism, is it okay to use in the headline a quote with an obvious grammatical error?” – in the end that was the question left with me on a rappler.com article that i saw posted in twitter.
we’re not a journalist, didn’t even take up journalism in school. the closest we came to journalism was to write a few articles for the school newspaper in college, the blogs we have here but most of it is we just consume a lot of news and articles published in newspapers, magazines and in the last few years the internet.
we saw a tweet by maria ressa, big boss at rappler.com with the headline “tacloban : ‘barely any houses standing’” . we are also not an english teacher, at most we write in english at work but alarm bells went off when we read that headline. we thought the headline had an obvious grammatical error – “houses” should not be plural, it had an unneeded letter “s” on it.
the headline didn’t sound right. we felt it was very difficult to read and caused some pain when reading it.
maria ressa was kind enough to respond:
we were left with a question – is it okay in journalism, for a news website to put on the headline something that is obviously wrong grammar just because it is a ‘direct quote’, meaning these were the exact words spoken by the person interviewed?
the point we raised was, fine it’s a direct quote (and the article did show it was a quote), but what harm will it do if the media outlet took the liberty to change the quote to make it grammatically correct? will the person quoted complain that his words were not directly quoted? we thought there will be no harm if it was corrected. in a succeeding tweet, i said this was the first time that i had read an obvious grammatical error in a headline from a news outlet.
anyone has an answer to my question?
postscript : rappler.com had revised / updated that article and completely changed the headline. click here : http://www.rappler.com/nation/43285-initial-reports-damage-tacloban-city
like everyone else in the philippines, i was glued on TV to watch news footages of the effects of super typhoon Yolanda on the country. i watched ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol and this news footage by atom araullo was the first to be shown in the newscast.
watch atom araullo’s news porn here :
the moment we saw that footage, we knew it will be a big hit and most specially among the ladies. with that in mind, we sent out these tweets almost immediately after the footage was shown on TV:
and we were right.
the first tweet (bottom) got dozens and dozens of retweets from mostly women, a large number of them from people we do not know and do not follow at twitter. we had not put atom araullo’s twitter name (@atomaraullo) and yet it got a lot of retweets. that means many in twitter, many of them women were searching for atom araullo’s name. of course as our tweets were getting retweets, many more twitter users read it and reacted to it.
we have been reading on twitter that atom araullo is a news heart throb among the ladies. we saw proof of that first hand during the Million People March at the Rizal Park. we were going around the park and saw this guy walking and often getting stopped by women who asked photos and selfies to be taken with the guy. it caught my attention as there were few times he was not stopped by women. i asked the people i was with who it was and they told me it was atom araullo from abs-cbn.
there were many very interesting tweets from ladies that followed my tweet on atom araullo. stuff like panties may have dropped, the need to cross the legs of ladies, some wanted to go to tacloban to be with atom and this thing about ovaries of ladies. in twitter, when women refer to their ovaries, it usually means they have the hots for someone. that is opposed to the “heart” which typically means “love”. when “ovaries” are mentioned, it is “lust”. i thought this episode on philippine tv created a new term – News Porn.
today, abs-cbn posted a new article on the atom araullo video saying his news video trended worldwide and from tweets, many said CNN kept playing back atom’s news video.
we thought it would be a good idea to put everything here for the ladies to appreciate and yes to have them watch atom araullo’s news porn.
just in over twitter:
screencap of atom araullo saving people in neck deep flood water: