Anti-sin tax rallyists gather in House

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Anti-sin tax bill groups hang effigies of senators and congressmen who are part of the bicameral conference committee on the sin tax bill. KAREN BONCOCAN

MANILA, Philippines — Anti-sin tax bill groups on Thursday trooped to the House of Representatives to continue their protest against the passage of the measure.

They shouted their opposition to the sin tax bill and even hung effigies of the senators and congressmen on the gates of Congress.

The bicameral conference committee on the sin tax bill is expected to continue its deliberations on the proposed measure at the House of Representatives at 2 p.m.

House minority leader Danilo Suarez, one of the members of the House contingent, said that they would try reconcile during this meeting the disagreeing provisions of House Bill 5727 and Senate Bill 3299. They have agreed to raise tax rates on alcohol and tobacco products every two years.

He said that they would push for their version which sought P31 billion in revenues, lower compared to the Senate’s P45 billion.

The reason for this was to ensure that the law, once enacted, would not make it too attractive for smugglers, he said.

Davao City Representative Isidro Ungab, who leads the House contingent for the bicameral committee, was optimistic that they would be able to come up with a sin tax bill before the end of the year.

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  • calipso_2100

    “raise corporate taxes instead”???????
    And corporations will pass this on to consumers by raising their prices.

  • iping2sison

    I presumed these rallyists are paid by companies affected by the increase in sin taxes. They know nothing about corporate taxes and how corporations can manipulate the amount of tax they will pay.  The sin taxes are final tax on consuming sin products and very much different from corporate tax which is based on net income.  

  • potatosalad

    parang tanga lang tong nag wiwilga na to. oops nakalimutan ko. tanga na nga pala sila sa simula pa lang.

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    daming hakot..parang kahapon lang dito sa ortigas hahaha..ang daming jeep na naghahakot ng raliyista!!! complete talaga sila..pati pagkain hahaha…

  • Le Commentor

    Nagwelga yung mga tambay..

  • regd

    Sigh…. and I though sin-tax is a compulsory contribution levied by the church?

  • Your_King

    Was Aquino one of the rallyists??? He loves his smokes!!!

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