I’m ashamed, says resigned BIR chief

MANILA, Philippines — Sixto Esquivias IV has resigned as commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) because, according to him, “it was the honorable thing to do.”

“The BIR has a large tax collection shortfall right now, and I feel ashamed to stay,” Esquivias said in Filipino in a telephone interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer Monday night.

Esquivias, who was appointed to the top BIR post on Nov. 1, 2008, said he found it prudent to resign to give way to anyone who may be better at making the agency meet its tax collection targets.

“If someone can do the job better, then why would I stay?” he said.

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