Senate resumes sin tax deliberations


Senator Franklin Drilon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate resumed session Tuesday with deliberations on the sin tax bill expected to be finished and the measure voted on.

Senator Franklin Drilon told reporters Monday that one of the critical points of the sin tax bill – the P40 billion collection target from additional taxes on tobacco and liquor products – was already agreed upon by senators in a caucus.

“We will take up the amendments that will generate P40 billion; and then, we will take up other amendments principally on some corrections necessary because of the language; and we will receive amendments on the distribution of the incremental revenue,” Drilon said.

“After that, we will vote on second and third readings. There is no more issue on the amount that will generate P40 billion; and that is voted upon on the plenary,” he said.

The bill had been certified as urgent by President Benigno Aquino III the previous week allowing it to be passed on second and third readings in one day.

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  • My mom

    DRILON won. The people lost.

  • malek_abdul

    Why do I have the feeling that those who drink and smoke view this Sin Tax Bill as a blessing? Because imported cigarettes and liquors will flourish especially in the coastal provinces and cities. Smuggling will be very rampant because those people with these vices will patronize imported goods over the local ones at cheaper costs. Now tell me, how will the government generate P40billion from the sin tax law?

  • Mitch Ilano

    Can the Filipino people even be sure that the 40 billion will not end up in the pockets of certain individuals? 

  • conradoibarra

    What guarantee will the administration offer that the P40B revenue generation will be achieved at the price of the local tobacco industry? Like Recto said previously, the figure is being pulled from dreamland and proposed without given further though. It’s apparently a hit or miss figure at the expense of crippling the local tobacco industry and promoting the sale of imported and smuggled goods.

  • kate

    The government
    has all the right to tax the food we eat, the water that we drink, the house
    that we live in, the income that we work hard for, and everything else that
    sustains us. That’s how greedy these incompetent government officials are. In fact, their only goal is to make the Filipino people suffer
    while they stuff themselves full with their corrupted money.

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