(Bloomberg) Kim Henares began carrying a gun eight months after becoming the Philippines’ chief tax collector. Her shooting instructor was the country’s president.

Since she took over the century-old Bureau of Internal Revenue three years ago, Henares has attacked one of the most common forms of corruption in the country: Not paying taxes. She’s filed more than 180 tax-evasion complaints, investigated former world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and boosted collection by 14.5 percent in 2012—more than double that year’s economic growth rate.

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