Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom - Judy Ann Santos poses for photographers during the launch of Champion Fabri-Con on Septemner on September 23, 2013. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA Images)
As a taxpayer, Kapamilya actress Judy Ann Santos feels disappointed over the alleged misuse of government funds.
The pork barrel scam frustrates her because Judy Ann wants assurance that taxes are used for the good of the people.
“Hindi mo siya puwedeng hindi maisip kasi parte ka sa bansang ito na nagbabayad ng taxes. At ako,kakatapos lang ng kaso. So, it makes me think, ‘What happened doon sa ibinayad ko?’,” Judy Ann said at the press launch of her newest endorsement, Champion Fabri-con at Makati Shangri-la Hotel on Monday, September 23.
She added, “Hindi siya nakakairita, nakakabuwisit siya.”
Right to know
Judy Ann said Filipinos have the right to know where the taxes go. She placed 97th in BIR's Top 500 Individual Tax Payers for Taxable Year 2009. Last January, the Court of Tax Appeals acquitted Judy Ann in the tax evasion complaint filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
“Lahat tayo nagbabayad ng taxes natin and we try to pay kung ano yung dapat nating bayaran. And yung kagaya ko na nagka-kaso, sinabi ko naman na wala naman akong responsibility na tatalikuran lalo pa’t gobyerno ito. Pero bilang mamamayang Pilipino, kung ang gobyerno ay may karapatang maningil ng taxes natin, tayo, bilang tao, may karapatan din malaman na saan ba napunta.”
Appeal to politicians
She called on politicians “to be responsible.”
“Nakakafrustrate lang. Hindi ko naman nilalahat-lahat ng pulitiko. Kung sino talaga ang may kasalanan, pagbayarin at mag-explain. Sana huwag nang maulit kasi ang daming naapektuhan dahil sa mga ginagawa nila. Sana magpakita man lang ng bonggang progress.”
Aside from collecting taxes, she hopes government will be as vigilant in charging those who plunder and commit acts of corruption.
“BIR’s just doing their job, collecting taxes. They all just give it to the government. Yung government na ang magbibigay ng pera sa mga pork barrel. Parang ang point lang is, kung kami pinu-push lang nang pinu-push magbayad, kakasuhan niyo pa kami kapag may konting digits na hindi nabayaran, bakit hindi niyo kasuhan yung mga pulitiko na malaking-malaking digits ang kinuha sa pera namin?”
On being fit and staying healthy
The mother of two looks fabulous with her fit body, which she has been maintaining for years now. Judy Ann shared that she is into various exercises such as zumba, anti-gravity, muay thai, running and boxing; and is now into 360 circuit training.
“Mukhang mahirap lang pakinggan kasi parang nakakatakot, pero once you try it out, masaya siya. With 360 kasi, it’s basically crossfit. It’s a total body workout, for 30 minutes, you’re done already. So parang perfect talaga siya with me, sa schedule ko right now. It’s 30 minutes in a day and it’s a total body workout.”
Judy Ann shared that she tries different exercises to avoid workout plateau. She and husband Ryan Agoncillo sometimes exercise together, which is also their way of bonding.
“For some reason kapag paulit-ulit yung ginagawa mo na routine, parang tinatamad ka na. Pati yung katawan mo hindi na nagbabago kasi nasanay na siya sa ganoong workout. So I try to do different exercises. Before I did muay thai, boxing, pilates, anti-gravity then zumba. Nag-biking and running rin ako,” she said.
Judy Ann, who now sports a short hair-do said she wants variety in her hairstyle.
“For the longest time, long hair ako. I did a teleserye and I just wanted a new look, a new beginning.”