Sin tax bill to benefit us too—Muslims


The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), the agency mandated to cater to the needs and ensure the welfare of Muslims in the country, has expressed support for the sin tax bill on tobacco pending in Congress.

NCMF Secretary Mehol Sadain said approval of the sin tax bill would definitely benefit Muslim Filipinos as 85 percent of the revenue from tobacco products would be used to improve health care delivery, especially in impoverished areas in Mindanao.

Muslims refrain from partaking of alcoholic products.

“We support the Aquino administration’s goal of raising taxes for tobacco products as a measure to increase government funds for health service,” said Sadain in a statement.

He said that for many years, the people in Mindanao had been suffering from a weak health service delivery, including dilapidated hospitals that lacked the equipment to treat patients.

“Additional revenue from the sin tax would surely help address those problems,” said Sadain.

Aside from improving hospitals, Sadain said Muslims would benefit from the Department of Health’s plan to hire thousands of doctors and medical personnel to be deployed to hospitals and clinics where there are no health workers. Tina G. Santos

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  • Guest

    Suportado ni Winnie Monsod ang sin tax bill. Isa pala siyang elitista.Hindi iniintindi ang kapakanan ngmga tobacco farmers.

    • Guest

      If they want to restructure the excise tax on cigarettes and alcohol, it should be
      reasonable. And not favoring the alcohol products only.

  • divictes

    Use the Muslim lobby to pass the bill.

  • Guest

    Hindi nanaman nameet ni Kim Henares ang revenue target. Hindi ba siya nahihiya kay Pangulong Noy?

  • Cloudhaze

    Dear Sec Purisima, stop pushing for sin tax bill if you can’t reach revenue targets. Plug leaks then we’ll talk. Sincerely, the Filipino nation, your boss.

    • Kad_Palapox

      will say this again and again one of possible effect of raising the sin taxes on tobacco
      products is the smuggling of cigarettes. It has been experience in other countries, isn’t

    • Guest

      If sin tax bill is enacted it would adversely affect the profitability of tobacco and alcohol
      manufacturers that provide livelihood for a combined eight million workers
      nationwide. That’s horrible.

    • RMsantiago

      kapani-paniwala ang sinasabi ni Secretary Ricky Carandang na ang sin tax bill
      will not have a negative impact on our farmers. Anong alam niya diyan eh puro
      lang siya tweet ng tweet di ba?

      • maximaT91

        Even the tobaccor farmers, they are dismayed with government officials who have been saying that imposing excessively high taxes on cigarettes will not adversely affect tobacco farmers. Unbelievable kasi ang mga paliwanag nila.

    • kaylee holms

      Sabi sa sin tax website ni Purisima, where are the quotes pro-sin tax
      government officials? Well, sinulat naman siguro ng mga reporters yun kaso di
      kinagat ng editors nila kasi halatang nambobola lang sila.

    • Vic_korps

      Excessive excise tax on cigarettes is a big dent to tobacco growers or workers. I
      don’t know if Purisima and Henares understands that.

  • AnakSugPakainKaw

    “Sin tax bill to benefit us too – Muslims”

    Mr. Sadail, a Muslim should not received benefit derived from “haram” (forbidden) such as tax from tobacco, alcohol, prostitution, gambling (PCSO).

    Ask the government for “halal” tax derived from mining or foreign corporate in Mindanao.

    Verily, the Sin Tax will not benefit the Muslim.

  • Guest

    I agree with Solita Monsod that the San Miguel-NPC connection was the reason why the alcohol industry was able to obtain a sweetheart deal from congressmen in the form of smaller tax hikes when House Bill 5727 was approved before Congress adjourned sine die last June.

    • Guest

      An appeal to our respected senators: make sure that the proposed increase on cigarettes taxes will not kill the source of livelihood of our tobacco farmers. Be human.

    • holidaynews

      In another vein, the imposition of the HB 5727, if approved, would effectively increase the prices of low-class cigarettes by up to 1,500 percent. Kawawa ang mga consumers.

    • Guest

      It appears that Malacanang is uninformed, if not unconcerned kaya ganoon ang paliwanag nila. All they have to do first is listen to the valid concerns the farmers’ group.

  • Sweetiepoof

    Kaya todo ang suporta nila Purisima at Henares sa sin tax bill dahil gustong pagtakpan ang kapalpakan nila. Hindi nanaman kase nameet ang revenue target

    • arman_singson

      Labor groups are right. If that bill will be implemented, tobacco and alcohol companies would be constrained to institute cutbacks in their operations that would necessarily
      entailing the loss of jobs for a lot of people.

      • bodynews

        Aside from that, demand for both raw materials and finished products in the alcohol and tobacco industries would certainly decline given these excessively high taxes, which leave manufacturers with no choice but to set high prices for their goods.

    • Guest

      is saying that tobacco farmers would get a substantial share of the revenues
      collected from the tax increase. Malabo yun, madaling sabihin, mahirap gawin.

      • Arneth G

        Sec. Purisima even put up a website for pro-sin tax bill. Magkano kaya ipinondo ng BAT for this.

    • Guest

      A tobacco grower’s questions to Purisima and Henares: How can we recoup our production and operational costs in planting tobacco if we can not sell all our produce?. Please answer this Purisima and Henares.

  • Tethys245

    PhilHealth has recorded a reserve fund of P90B in 2010 and today has P103B, with P39B net income. Ang tanong bakit hindi sila naglalabas ng pondo para sa health service ng mga Pinoy?

  • Guest

    The authors of HB 5727 should have considered the capacity of the consumers to shoulder the additional burden, and the interest of other sectors notably the tobacco farmers. Diyan sila nagkulang eh.

    • marimar fish

      It is the duty of the government to ensure the protection of workers’ right to security of tenure under the labor code. Pero taliwas ito sa kanilang mga ginagawa ngayon. How
      cruel they are to labor sector?

    • Guest

      Umaasa ang mga tobacco farmers na maging balanse ang Senado sa panukalang sin tax
      bill. Posible yan and wish ko lang.

  • sarah que

    If this happens, the price foreign brands would all of a sudden become more affordable, meaning at par with the local brands, and result in massive layoffs because the target of the Department of Finance-crafted tax hike is primarily these low-priced goods.

  • Guest

    I just want to remind the public, the approval of the sin tax measure, as it is written, tends to favor foreign liquor and tobacco firms at the expense of workers in local companies. That’s the truth.

  • Hatutubo

    What I don’t like about this sin tax reform bill is that it benefited only manufacturers of fermented alcoholic drinks such as beer. That’s unfair for the tabacco manufacturers.

  • Guest

    The steep tax increases on locally produced cigarettes will wipe out a considerable percent of farmers’ incomes from tobacco growing and threaten the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of factory workers dependent on the industry.

  • Guest

    The resurgence of cigarette smuggling in both industrialized and developing countries that have imposed excessive tax hikes on tobacco products prove that high taxes are counterproductive.

  • Guest

    We cannot understand the government’s logic of taking away the only source of our income, just to accommodate a new investor who buys only a minimal percentage of our produce.

  • Guest

    In that website, they questioned the media coverage in sin tax measure? Ano magagawa nila, ginawa naman kaso hindi lang ginamit kasi hindi kapani-paniwala ang argumento nila.

  • DEV_Lucido

    Sa Lower House matinding ang ginawang pag-looby ni Danding Cojuangco kaya nga mas mababa ang increase ng excise tax sa alcohol products. Siyempre tumiba ang mga kongresista sa kanya.

  • clowela_liezel

    Mismong si Purisima ang mga kumakausap sa mga owners ng newspapers na wag gamitin ang mga stories ng mga anti-sin tax. Magkano kaya ang suhol?

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