Peter Vandever has long claimed that the reason he is still in the Philippines is because he has outstanding tax issues with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that need to be resolved before he is granted clearance to leave the country. It has long been suspected that this was a lie — an attempt to portray himself as somehow righteously standing up against some sort of unfair taxation. It was his way of trying to avoid admission that he is illegally in the country on an expired tourist visa that he can’t afford to renew. In the workings of his fragile ego, it was also an attempt to separate himself from those who are “just tourists” in the country even though he was officially a tourist as well when his visa was valid.
With the help of BIR officials, we were able to search directly in the National Office database to check on the validity of Peter’s story. If his claim were true, this is exactly where supporting information would be found. However, of no surprise to anyone who knows Peter, it was proven to us that his claim is completely bogus. There is no record for Peter Vandever in the system whatsoever and there never has been.
Could it be that Peter was somehow cleared from the system? No. Quoting directly from a BIR official:
He is not a registered taxpayer, which means he was never, ever employed here or had any business transaction in the Philippines.
The BIR claim is now definitively debunked. As suspected, this story was nothing but another item in his seemingly endless collection of lies. A visitor to the Philippines under the basic tourist designation is expected to renew their visa every one, two, or six months. So long as the visa remains valid, a tourist may legally stay in the country for up to three years upon which time they are required to leave. Peter Vandever remains in the Philippines simply because he was unable to pay the immigration fees that have piled up over the years. On top of that, even if he had maintained a valid visa, he has been in the country for more than three years already. As for his official status in the Philippines, he is nothing more than a grubby vagabond and petty thief with a tourist visa that expired long ago.