‘I try my best’ – Kim Henares

January 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – She is probably the best commissioner watchers of Bureau of Internal Revenue have ever seen –with the series of reforms she initiated and the collection target she surpasses on a year-on-year basis after she took the tax agency’s helm in 2010.
Would BIR Commissioner Kimi Henares run for the vice presidency or the senatorial seat if a political party enlists her in the 2016 polls?
An ambivalent Henares said she was not a political person.
“I’m not a political person so I don’t think, di ba? I’m just concentrating on doing my job as best as I can,” she said, chuckling.
She explained she wanted to look back and tell people on their face that she tries her best to give the country the chance to become developed.
“That’s the most important thing for me, not the political office,” she said.
A Revenue District Office’s chief, who asked for anonymity, in Region 1 said Henares is a straight shooter.
She said before Henares became the commissioner of the tax agency, RDO chiefs used to ask members of congress like the Speaker of the House for promotion if not retention beyond their two years stint as RDO.
RDO is a lucrative post in the BIR office where big time taxpayer could bargain the worth of the taxes he pays the government at the same time seeing to it the former gets his share from the taxes.
“Nakakatakot si Commissioner for her no nonsense stance sa BIR,” an RDO chief, who asked not to be named, in the Cordillera Region quipped.
In the birthday party years ago of former Speaker Jose de Venecia, Henares, who was with her father in law columnist Larry Henares,  was seen shaking the hands of queuing congresswomen led by Rep. Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan).

When an RDO chief in Region 1 was asked that it should be Henares who should be going to the round tables occupied by the lady solons to press flesh, the chief said it was not the style of Henares to ingratiate herself with the lawmakers.
“She even told BIR personnel that she did not like high officials in the government interceding for the tax agency workers’ promotion from her,” the source said.
She said Henares apolitical policy could be traced to her work as a senior private sector development specialist for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.

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