CALASIAO – She is probably the best commissioner the watchers of Bureau of Internal Revenue have ever seen – what with the series of reforms she initiated and the collection target she surpassed on a year-on-year basis after she took the tax agency’s helm in 2010.
|Commissioner Kim Henares (4th from left) of the Bureau of Internal Revenue poses with|
the tax agency's regional director lawyer Arnel Guballa (5th from left) and his top honchos
during the visit of Henares to inaugurate the new swanky Revenue District Office-4 in
An ambivalent Henares said she is 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 wants to look back and tell people on their face that she tries her best to give the country the chance to become develop.
“That’s the most important thing for me, not the political office,” she said laughing.
A Revenue District Office’s chief, who asked anonymity, in Region 1 said Henares is a straight shooter.
She cited that 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 and pressed flesh, the chief said it was not the style of Henares to ingratiate 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”.
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.
Henares took up accounting in De La Salle University (DLSU) then Bachelor of Laws at Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). She got second honor upon completion her law study. She took her Masters in Law in Georgetown in the United States where she was a B student. She said that she became good with numbers as she had advanced math classes in Chinese school while her interest in law started during her high school days since she liked to debate.