‘Sin tax’ and the smoking President



In signing Republic Act 10351, commonly known as the “sin tax” law, President Noy said its first year of implementation would “liberate more Filipinos from the vices of smoking and drinking.”

How ironic of the President to say that since he is known to be  a chain smoker with no immediate plans of quitting the habit.

Some of his Cabinet members and close friends, on the other hand, are said to be  heavy drinkers.

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Congress has asked the President to create a presidential task force to coordinate relief and rehabilitation efforts for the victims of Typhoon “Pablo” in the worst-hit provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

Both houses of Congress made the request   to the President.

That’s good and welcome news.

But the news would have been better if the  House of Representatives also announced it would investigate Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang (lst District, Davao Oriental) on allegations in this space that he is involved in illegal logging in his province.

Dayanghirang, Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon Malanyaon and her brother, Cateel Mayor Camilo Nuñez are being accused by many of their constituents  of conducting illegal logging activities in the mountains of Baganga and Cateel.

Baganga and Cateel were the hardest-hit after the typhoon made landfall in the two towns.

Illegally cut logs in the forests of the two towns rolled down the mountain slope, floated on the swollen rivers and bulldozed bridges and houses in the way of rampaging floodwaters.

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I  understand why the House of Representatives does not want to investigate Dayanghirang.

It’s the “old boys and girls club” mentality at work among  many of our legislators.

But why has the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under Mar Roxas   not ordered an investigation into the allegations in this space about the illegal logging activities of Malanyaon and Nuñez?

If Roxas was quick to investigate allegations that Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino was involved in “jueteng,” why is he footdragging in investigating the accusations of illegal logging against Malanyaon and Nuñez?

It is likely the charges against Espino were politically motivated, but the charges against Malanyaon and Nuñez are not.

Espino’s opponent for the gubernatorial post is a Liberal Party member.

I am the making the charges against Dayanghirang and Malanyaon who happen to be not only my provincemates but my friends as well.

Clearly, I’m neither motivated by politics nor malice in making the accusations.

Dayanghirang and Malanyaon are running unopposed.

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I’m surprised why the President has not asked Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje to explain why illegal logging in Baganga and Cateel went unnoticed.

Paje must have looked the other way while the forests in the two towns were being denuded.

The report by a Palace mole that the President was overheard saying that Paje was corrupt seems to gain credence.

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Sen. Edgardo Angara has withdrawn from the gubernatorial race in Aurora province, but has appointed his younger brother, Mayor Arthur Angara of Baler town, as his substitute.

Apparently, the elder Angara knows he stands to lose because of the much-publicized protest march by Casiguran folk who complained of alleged abuses committed by officials of Aurora Pacific Economic and Freeport Authority (Apeco), Angara’s brainchild.

Apparently, he used his influence over his colleagues in the Senate in passing the law creating Apeco even if it was reportedly not economically feasible.

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  • jdelacruz13

    they have their own “vested” interest … hehehehe . i’ll scratch your back you scratch mine !!! yippeee !!!!

  • amelius23

    It is high time for PNoy to cal l spade as a spade.Super typhoon” Pablo” was an eye opener for the national govt. and the local govt. in Mindanao that illegal logging how secret like omerta to the Mafia you conduct your illegal business, when the fury  of mother nature unsuspectingly ravaged your areas  which have not been  buffeted by typhoons for a long time, the logs of different sizes which cascaded down to the lowland is a solid evidence that indeed illegal logging has thrive on the hinterland of that  2 hard hit provinces. Same irreconcilable evidences which cannot be hidden in the lowlands of  CDO and Iliigan last year when they were hit by the typhoon “Sendong” in Mindanao. Either the local DENR  are peopled with bulag  and bingi operatives thatt they have not seen how the rapacious local lords cut clean the mountains. Sana po may mag udyok sa mga nasalanta na upakan itong mga local officials  na sanhi sa pag kitil ng knilang mga mahal sa buhay at pagkasira ng kanilang mga bahay, lupang sakahan at ibang ari arihan. 
    maibitin sana  ng patiwarik yong mahuli ng mga nasalanta. PNoy will realize that Mindanao, the vaunted food basket of the country is slowly but surely losing its foothold in Mindanao if he let the trusted people he have given authority to stop illegal logging and mining in Mindanao cannot do their job out of  incompetence or temerity of thier job. This will be a double  challenge  to DILG sec.Mar Roxas and newly installed PNP Chief Gen. Alan Purisima to neutralise the culprits and put them behind bars before the typhoon victims get hold of them first.     

  • 33Sambuang

    kana ba mon. walay paryente sa imoha ang mga taong corrupt. ma-o na kay party member so dili imbestigahan. hayyyy kalooy sa mga nangamatay sa inyong lugar. more power to you

  • randyaltarejos

    After the implementation of the sin tax law, a market research survey must be conducted to evaluate as to whether it is effective or not. Otherwise, it’s another useless law cause smokers and drunkards couldn’t live with their vices.

  • boy_pogi

    Kuya Mon, kaya walang aksyon kasi hindi naman binabasa ng malakanyang ang kolum mo,  at tsaka mukhang wala kang kredibility. wawa ka naman Kuya Mon. Wag kang mag-alala naniniwala naman ako sayo, wag mo lang kalimutan yong envelope ko malapit na ang pasko!!

  • eirons1043

    Sir Mon as usual the sin tax will be shouldered by the 97% poorer portion of the country as the usual rich in the government or private businesses will just charge it to their representation expenses which is allowed in the Income Tax Laws.  These routine practice as usual will increase the prices of commodities and government fees as the expenses by the public and private bossings will be factored in their income and expense annual budgets resulting in more hardships to the 97% common tao.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    MonTulf mentioned the irony on the statement of the President, but he was silent as to whether or not he believed what the President had said.

    The President is a heavy or chain smoker.  Should he continue to be so, it is his choice and he can afford it.  There may be irony, but that doesn’t mean that there is no sense in sayiing that the implementation of the bill would “liberate more Filipinos from the vices of smoking and drinking”.

  • Maitum

    In investigating Espino, there was a Mayor who exposed his racket that triggered an investigation. For Davao Oriental, only a mediaman wrote about it in his column. Are we sure they are reading this column? File a formal complaint in an appropriate venue so as to have formal bases for filing complaint against them. Are you expecting the government to take action by just writing it in your column? Are you expecting them to take action against Raymar and Claudine?

  • Nagagalitna

    Hello po Mr Tulfo…mukhang pati po kayo ay hindi nakakaintindi ng batas na ito…hehehe.
    Ang SIN TAX Bill po ay hindi ginawa para patigilin ang lasinggo at naninigarilyo…ang point po dito ay tataasan lng ang tax para malaki ang kikitain ng gov’t pero ofcourse mag tataas ang presyo…in short para doon sa kinakapos ang budget mag dadahan dahan sya sa pag bili kasi mahal nga so good for them too. Pero kong ikaw naman ay may kakayahan bumili and umobos ng sampong kaha ng usi at isang drum na alak araw araw dahil may pambili ka pabor lalo sa gov’t yon kasi lalo sila kikita.
    Tapos syempre itong mayayaman na may pambili ng bisyo pagnagkasakit hindi peperwesyohin ang govt kasi may kaya sila pangpagamot diba so hayaan mo sila magpakamatay sa bisyo.

    Eh yong mga mahihirap pag nagkasakit dahil sa bisyo saan pupunta? Di ba sa govt tapos sisihin pa ang govt dahil di sila tinulungan? Yon po ang point ng batas na ito na in the long run makakatulong sa govt at sa mga mahihirap natin kabayan.

    • gggrrrrrrr

      ang talino mo naman..si mon tulfo pa tinuruan mo..dont you understand the first paragraph..that Pnoy himself saying that with this bill more filipinos would be liberate in vices of smoking and drinking…means its one of his objective on this bill, but as a leader of filipino people he must set as an example..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

        engot, mon tulfo just committed a fallacious argument. baka hindi mo alam ituturo ko sa iyo.

      • gggrrrrrrr

        hindi si tulfo ang pinaguusapan dito, yun sin tax bill and the smoking president..seems the first word you mention is pointing to you..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

        ///yun sin tax bill and the smoking president..///

        hindi mo pa rin ma-gets? bopols ka talaga.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        eh, sin tax bill pala, eh, bakit sumisingit ka…kung manggigil ka para kang asong nakaipit ang buntot sa guhit ng puwit.

      • Nagagalitna

        Pnoy himself saying that with this bill more filipinos would be liberate in vices of smoking and drinking…means its one of of his objective on this bill, but as a leader of filipino people he must set as an example..

        Kahit ganoon lng ang Pangulo natin Bro may utak din yan eh…Wag mo gawin literal ang statement sa taas kasi malalim ang kahulugan nyan pag pinag isipan eh.

        Ang ibig sabihin nyan kaya madaming Pilipino ang ma liberate sa vices dahil mas madaming mahirap ang sagad sa buto ang bisyo so pag tumaas ang presyo ng alak at segarilyo ng 10X kunti na lng ang makaya nilang bilhin so gradually lalaya sila sa bisyo…at the same time kikita ang gov’t doon naman sa mga maykaya na ayaw paawat sa kanilang bisyo, pero panalo ang govt doon kasi pag nagkasakit ang mga may kaya na yon hindi peperwesyuhin ang govt para sa gamutan.

        Hayaan mo si Pinoy magpakamatay sa bisyo may pambili sya eh kaya hindi isyo yon…yong leadership naman na sinasabi ko pagdating sa vices mahirap mo controlin yan kasi kanya kanyang pera nila ang ginagamit eh so diskarte na nila yon.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        nagagalit ka sa bagay na dapat natutuwa ka…ang dapat mong panggigilan ang sarili mo…nandadamay ka pa nang mas matalino sa ‘yo…ang dapat mong gawin ay mag-aral nang kaunti para magkalaman ng maayos ang bumbunan mo.

  • kilabot

    noykapon is full of contradictions. 
    he wants people to stop the smoking vice but not him; 
    he wants a stop to destruction caused by illegal logging but does nothing to stop illegal loggers; 
    he wants small farmers to have land but does nothing to hasten distribution of hacienda luisita; 
    he wants to have 5 children but does not want to marry a woman; 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      he wants to stop corruption, and punish the corrupt ones…
      but, you dont want
      he wants to imprison the criminals, you don’t want
      he wants to jail the drug pushers what did you do?
      he wants you, you don;t want him
      you don’t want to want what you should really be wanting to want
      what else you don’t want that he does want?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Tama k tulfing, nag withdraw ng pagkagobernador si Sen. Angara kasi alam nya matatalo sya dahil sa pag waldas ng kaban ng bayan para sa kanyang pansariling interest (APECO). UP should be ashamed of you. NO to DYNASTY, NO to ANGARA taking over AURORA, and NO to ENRILE taking over CAGAYAN.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Sige ka, magagalit si Loren Legarda sa iyo.  Ang mga Angara ang Hari ng Aurora.  Kaya hindi mapigil ang illegal logging doon dahil sa kanila.

  • malek_abdul

    “But why has the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under Mar Roxas not ordered an investigation into the allegations in this space about the illegal logging activities of Malanyaon and Nuñez?” – Why? Because nobody filed a case of illegal logging against the persons you exposed. Since you have material witnesses to prove your allegations why don’t you yourself file the case? DILG cannot and will not lift a finger to conduct investigation based on articles on newspapers especially written by you.

    In the case of Gov Espina there was a complainant so DILG is obliged to conduct investigation.

  • malek_abdul

    “How ironic of the President to say that since he is known to be  a chain smoker with no immediate plans of quitting the habit” – Its just like the president telling the people to do what he says but do not do what he does!

    • Nagagalitna

      Hehehe…labo mo naman. Ang sin tax ay hindi ginawa para patigilin ang tao sa bisyo ng alak at sigarilyo. Walang pulis o sino man na pipigil sa you bumili ng alak at sigarilyo basta kaya mong bumili…kaya nasabi yon na madami ang lalaya sa bisyo dahil pag tinaasan mo ng 10x ang halaga ng alak at sigarilyo yong mga mahihirap na sagad sa buto ang bisyo ay medyo mabawasan at gradually uunti na lng ang bibili…pero para doon sa mayayaman na di paawat sa bisyo pabor sa govt natin yon kasi kikita ng husto.

      Wala naman kasi sinabi sa batas na ito na bawal mag inom at mag usi eh…ang sabi lng dito tataasan ang presyo para kikita ang gov’t so kung kaya mong sustintuhan ang alak at usi na bisyo go ahead walang aawat sa yo matutuwa pa ang goberno…hehehe

      • malek_abdul

        Ikaw yata ang malabo? Your comment does not connect to mine.

    • rickysgreyes

      Being a former smoker, it is very difficult to stop this deadly habit. (Note: i got heart disease in my mid years, likely due to smoking) It is addicting,physically and mentally. hence the new law hopes to prevent Filipinos from picking it up. I am sure Pnoy wants to quit, but just cannot. Only a smoker or former can understand how the Presidnt feels about smoking.

  • tata_boy

    Pnoy, senatongs at tongressmen, kilala ninyo ang ,mga illegal loggers, bakit di ninyo sila usigin? kung tutuusin kayo ang dahilan sa ka-awa-awang kalagayan ng ating bansa. Ano na ang nangyari sa FOI bill? Ibasura na ninyo ang bank secrecy laws at ang pork barrel, ang mga ito ay para lang sa mga kawatan at mga walanghiya. 

  • ManongOsang

    Ang ” Can Afford” mag sigarilyo at uminom- PABAYAAN mong magpakamatay!

    If they are willing to Pay  the EXTRA cost of smoking & drinking due to taxes- then LET THEM!

    When Wealthy people get sick- THEY PAY THEIR OWN medical & hospitalization!

    Hindi sila Umaasa sa Gobyerno para sa gamot or Ospital!

    So AT THE END OF THE DAY…. They have the Freedom to Choose kung gusto nilang mag ka cancer !

    Its the ” CANNOT AFFORD”, the Poor &  Middle class who KEEP SMOKING & DRINKING- Tapos pag nagkasakit- TAKBO sa PGH at Walang Perang pangbayad sa operasyon & chemotherapy!


    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

      Correct ManongOsang! Absolutely correct!

  • whreyxk

    Unsolicited advice to stop smoking Mr President, try Chantex. I’ve been also a smoker for the last 30 years and I stop smoking by taking Chantex and it is very effective.

    • PhoenixPoliticalParty

      Thank you for this bit of info about “Chantex”.   I shall surely look it up,  and try it.

  • kipbuts

    Malacanang should order the DENR to investigate logging and mining operation in Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte, Kana kung di mahadlok ang Malacanang ug DENR sa mga involved officials sa duha ka probinsya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24N4GB5325RX7QBDUTU7KTKW4 Chi2 Garupa

    Chain smoking PNoy and heavy drinking Cabinet PH style is the prevailing weather in the country supported by public money. While relief goods to Pablo stricken places where casualty is rising but government help comes in trickle is low priority.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VBIZ5ZTCHCIQ7PILRDPH5EWWMY Fernando

      Are you sure their smoking and drinking are supported by people’s money? 

  • wakats

    Point 1.  PNoy said sin tax would liberate more Filipinos from the vices of smoking and alcohol- due to high prices of said items which would be beyond the reach of poor people. Lucky pinoys like PNoy and his cabinet members have so much money they can well afford to continue their vices.  The principal aim of the sin tax law is to raise billions of revenue for the government coffers.

    Point 2. Mon accused the political leaders of ComVal and Davao Oriental of illegal logging but with no accompanying evidence to help prosecute them.  Mon wants paje to do what the lower house did in impeaching corona – a fishing expedition.

    Point 3. Angara Sr. withdrew from gubernatorial race in aurora for reasons of his own which we don’t know.  Mon is putting the words on the mouth of the horse

    Cheap journalism. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RWPOD4ER5LJPDQU3N32NAC74X4 johnnie r

    Laging sinasabi ng iba dito na kaya di nakakasuhan ng gobyerno yung mga taong sinabi ni Tulfo eh walang complainant, di pa ba sapat yung mahigit 1,000 namatay at mahigit 800 pa ang nawawala, pati nagkalat na troso para masabi na ito ay nasasakupan ng ‘Public Interest’ upang umaksyon sila???

  • edm365f31

    that fact that he smokes and supported the sin tax law makes Pinoy an unbias president; not sure kong anong direction mo dito tulfo; kaya ka nabobogbog hindi ka kasi nagiisip.

    • magcalasL

      columnist ka pa naman sa Inquirer…..Tulfo is an embarassment to the Phil Inquirer. How could this number 1 newspaper hired a s2pid columnist like Tulfo?

      • TeabagDeluxe

        You’re too stupid to even type out “stupid”.

  • magcalasL

    Mon magbago ka na, magbabagong taon na, panay tsismiss parin ang sinusulat mo. Parang galit na galit ka sa presidente…..kahit anong isulat mo, di kapa rin magiging friend ni Pnoy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    kung sa tingin mo hipokrito ang nuisance president at ang mga walang kwentang alagad niya dahil na nag-yoyosi at tumotoma sila eh wala  ka nang paki-alam duon, diskarte nila yun tutal sila rin naman ang magagastusan at kalaunan mamamatay dahil sa bisyo nila.

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    It does seem hypocritical for our smoking President to hail this Law for its liberating force on the smokers among us.  That is probably why it must have been very hard for him to sign it.  But sign it, he did.   And I admire him the more for it.

    It is a dramatic stage we live in,  where we must play our roles,  however tragically poignant for us our own actions.   A President who loves smoking has to sign a Law that condemns the habit,  and a heroically brave journalist has no choice but to point out the obvious.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      We’ve seen lots of people who were chain smokers for decades able to stop smoking.  If others could do it, why not Pnoy if only to show example?  He was asked once about his smoking habit and his answer was smoking’s his only relief to overcome stress.  OMG.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2UMHGIG2H4KOHCAOA5H7VMKLQY CAJUN

    How can a leader influence change when he fails to lead by example? Is PNOY so rare a breed he will be exempted from this pronciple?

    Or does he have any following at all?

  • http://www.facebook.com/virgilio.pagayanan Virgilio P Pagayanan


  • walangutak

    I thought Mon Tulfo is an intelligent columnist? Sin tax law was not meant to punish those who will continue to drink or smoke, its only intent is to raise taxes and cost of indulging in these kind of vices. There is no provision in the law that will put anybody caught smoking or drinking under penalty, either imprisonment or fine except if one violates the provision of the clean air act or anti smoking which is content in separate law.Anyone can smoke or drink to his will as long as one can afford to do so.

  • whyinthisworld

    Why is it that many filipinos particularly politicans could hardly obey, respect, follow what the law says. Where are the words like morality, sensitivity, conscience and decency go, ahhh maybe mr. webster removed those in his dictionary so anything we do under the sun will be legal and acceptable. We are not moving forward but backward with many of the filipinos attitude I don’t think changes for the betterment of this country will prosper. Look at EDSA and metropolis.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TTBRJQ4KQM6HGMI64KNBT6E4FU JAwo

    Napaka inggiterong comment naman yan mr.tulfo.. Kahit mag-lasing at mag-yosi ang presidente ang importante ay nagagampanan nya ang trabaho nya bilang pinuno ng bansa. Di ka nga umiinom at nagyoyosi pero puro kawalanghiyaan din naman ginagawa mo sa pwesto useless ka.

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