Lawmakers urge gov’t to ignore IMF chief’s proposal to tax text messages



MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers on Monday urged the government to ignore International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde’s suggestion to impose tax on text messages in the country.

House minority leader Danilo Suarez and Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond Palatino both gave thumbs down on Lagarde’s suggestion to raise government revenues.

Suarez said that what should be pursued is the crafting of a measure regulating telecommunication firms’ promotions which often result in poor services for both prepaid and postpaid subscribers.

Palatino believes that the government was just easily swayed by world financial institutions, saying a measure proposing to tax text messaging “has long been buried in the deep confines of Congress.”

But he argued that reviving such a bill would only put the burden on ordinary Filipinos.

Instead of entertaining Lagarde’s suggestion, Palatino said that lawmakers should instead work on pending key priority measures.

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  • malek_abdul

    No need for text tax. BIR must run after businessmen, professionals, politicians and government officials. These people if not all of them don’t pay their tax honestly. When I was working in the Philippines I was surprised that I was paying bigger tax than my neighbor lawyer. Fixed income earners are the ones paying the right taxes while those with higher earnings pay the least.

    • Horst Manure

      How can you tell when you are in a law office?    ……. there is no receipt book.

      The IMF’s track record is about as as the Vatican helping the poor.

      Forcing every one to register their vehicle’s for a small fee would do more good than a text tax, as least you can get the Rego number as you get run over. 

  • mekeni62

    Hayun naman pala. kaya kung anong pambobola pa ang ginawa ni Lagarde  eh gusto lang palang mag-suggest ng additional taxes. walandyo naman oh. 

  • agustin

    Tax the rich Telcos who profits much from the poor users either by taking part of our load or charging more from the regular rate allowed by NTC. most are embarrass with load balance.

  • EREC

    This is a common suggestions of Word Bank(WB) & International Monetary Bank(IMF)…..increase …. increase….increase the financial bunden from the ultimate consumer. Further, to qualified to IMF ceiling credit line offer. This big two world financial institution is the one gaining. Philippines has been using as a market place for so long of this shark financial institution. Later on…they will suggest… apply air pollution and invironmental tax.

  • Harry

    The IMF chief is correct. 

    Tax the Telcos for every text message but do not allow them to increase the cost of text messaging and try to pass the tax burden to their consumers. 

  • Karlos Aramil

    Instead of entertaining Lagarde’s suggestion, Palatino said that lawmakers should instead work on pending key priority measures.”<– mismo, Cong. Mon!

  • Your_King

    Maybe she is not aware that the Philippine government and the Administration already has a lot of money at their disposal. From the coco levy fund to the other taxes, the government is sitting on a lot of funds. The only thing is that the funds are not being put to good use. 

  • Jon

    Kahit ano pang dagdag na buwis na makolekta pa.
    Malinaw naman na di din magagamit sa tamang paraan.
    Sample lang…hamak ba namang ibigay ang perang buwis sa mga kriminal na MILF.
    Take from the legal…to give to the illegal.

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