Maceda, Enrile want Sin Tax Law amended

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Former senator Ernesto Maceda. FILE PHOTO

VIGAN, Philippines –The law which imposes steeper tax rates on tobacco and alcoholic products may face amendments in the 16th Congress if two opposition senatorial bets make it to the Senate.

Former senator Ernesto Maceda and Cagayan Representative Jack Enrile said that amendments were necessary to soften the blow the Sin Tax Law had on tobacco farmers in northern Luzon.

If elected as senator, Maceda said he intends to file a measure amending the new law which he felt was “fatal to the local industry.”

The new law is seen to generate P33.96 billion in revenues during its first year.

“Under the present formulation by 2015 and 2016, the tax rate of local and foreign brand cigarettes will be the same that will be fatal to the local industry and a lot of factories will close,” said Maceda.

Enrile, while he voted through a party stand by the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) to support the lower tax rate, said that he realized the law’s adverse effect on tobacco farmers.

“It is not fair to the farmers who cannot compete. Now it is up to the government to look for ways to best help this sector,” Enrile said.

Maceda wants to maintain the two-tier tax system with lower tax rates for local cigarettes.

“Under the present law, in a few years there will only be one tax rate for both foreign and local brands, which will put the local brands at a gross disadvantage,” he said.

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  • DYU

    huwag sobrang magpahalata…alam naman natin malaki ang donations ng isang interest group sa bulsa niyo…hinay-hinay, be subtle, pa tobacco farmers pa kayo baka tobacco companies

  • Ambotguid

    In other words, okay lang kay Maceda at Enrile na mamatay sa kanser sa baga at ma-adik sa sigarilyo ang mga Filipino to be “fair to the farmers”?

    • Andre Lopez

      Not exactly, but the fact that they are considering the welfare of the farmers, unlike other Senators who would rather focus their energy on endorsing themselves through celebrities, is enough to make me vote for them. At least may pakealam sila!

      • Ambotguid

        Paano naman ang welfare ng magkaka-kanser ng dahil sa sigarilyo? Or ang welfare ng mga kabataan na magiging adik sa yosi at malamang magkaka-kanser din balang araw?

  • verconti

    cge bolados pa…

  • EC

    Why doesn’t Maceda advise tobacco farmers to switch to more useful crops, corn or soybeans for instance. Tobacco industry is doomed as more and more people realize what tobacco smoke does to their bodies.

    • Horst Manure

      Grow Hemp and make money. Senile and co are backward thinking.

  • MANGLUCIO

    Only problem Maceda is..You won’t make it to the senate so keep your plan in your safety box to rot. We wonder why this UNA even consider you to run as one of their senator candidates bet. You are one of the most corrupt politicians that this country has produced and witnessed over the years.

    • Concur_Dissent

      wala ng kasing makuhang iba ang UNA…

    • aristeosj

      they have to to include maceda in their line-up to keep up with the other characters in their slate and to maintain their party’s image—rotten!

  • AntiAko

    We are still in the 4 th month of implementation pero alam na kaagad ng mga damuhong ito ang negative effects on the farmers. Ganoon kuya? Negative effects kaagad? Di ba pwedeng observe muna?

    Halatang wala lang kayong bagong issue magawa para mapagusapan.

  • TEAM PNOY

    Ang EPAL talaga mga ito.

  • jga94

    One more reason (out of a long list of reasons) NOT TO VOTE THESE TWO….

    • Andre Lopez

      I believe it’s rather another reason to vote for these two; how can simply caring for the well-being and lives of our farmers be detrimental to their image? I think that’s the reason they are not afraid to speak out on their beliefs and principles, and that is exactly the reason why I will vote for them. Bilib na bilib ako kay Enrile!

  • Simplify1

    Hindi po ba vote buying sila lakay ernie at si trigger happy enrile? Campaign speech nila — “Sa lahat ng mga chainsmokers at lashengo, iboto nyo kami at ibababa namin ang halaga ng mga yosi at toma nyo!!”

    • Andre Lopez

      Hindi; matapang lamang sila at pinaninindigan lamang po nila ang kanilang mga opinyon. At least kaya nila magsalita kahit na alam nila na hindi nila makakasundo ang lahat.

      • Simplify1

        ibig sabihin bobotohin mo sila dahil matapang? labo yun. Ako boboto ako ng kandidatong hindi gagawa ng batas na para dumami ang taong magkakasakit dahil sa yosi at toma duwag man siya o matapang

      • Jane Tan

        Lol smoker kasi yan. Sino bang tanga magboboto sa candidate na “matapang lamang sila at pinaninindigan lamang ang kanilang mga opinyon”? WTF lol. Kung meron candidate na matapang magsabi na ipapabagsag niya ang CBCP, iboboto mo din siya? Kung meron candidate na matapang magsabi na ipapabagsak niya ang current government, iboboto mo din? Lol… grabe mga ugok sa pinas.

      • aristeosj

        pero tama ba ang paninindigan nila?
        ang tabako ay hindi pangunahing pangangailangan ng isang tao.para sa akin mabuting itaas ang tax nito para tumaas ang revenue at pwedeng bumaba ang bilang ng mga naninigarilyo.tulungan ang mga tobacco farmers na magsaka ng ibang produkto.

        sa mga mas maunlad na bansa,wala kang mapapanood na commercial ng sigarilyo sa telebisyon.

  • Andre Lopez

    I admire Maceda and Enrile’s stance; at least they are not afraid to voice out their opinions, which means they are not afraid to go against the odds; these are one of the many qualities I look for in a potential senator. I admire Enrile’s point and I admire him not only because of his determination to fight for what he wants, but also because he never fails to think about the welfare of those who can potentially suffer from this law, such as the tobacco farmers.

    Kudos to you, Jack Enrile! Iboboto kita! :)

    • Jane Tan

      I gather from your post that you’re a serious smoker?

      • Concur_Dissent

        and a drunk?

      • Andre Lopez

        Not really; I only drink occasionally and I’ve never smoked my entire life, and I just refuse to ride the bandwagon and I choose to side with Enrile’s stance because as much as sin tax may or may not help save lives, he chooses to prioritize the welfare of farmers. Which means that he actually pays attention to how they will be affected, and to me that’s what matters, or maybe that’s all that matters. Why are you guys mad though? You know he’s right.

    • $8278216

      siguro naman may iba pang alternatibong paraan ng pag sasaka at hinde lamang ang tabako. Walang malasakit ang mga ito sa karamihan ng mga mamamayan. Ngayon lamang ang mga ito magpapasiklab dahil sa nalalapit na halalan….hinde ko sila binoto sampu na ng kanilang kapartido( isa akong absentee voters dito sa europa).

  • barako22

    mag resign ka na lang enrile parang awa mo na, kasama ka na sa problema ng pilipinas

  • Jane Tan

    Rather than increase lung cancer, why don’t you just pour some of your pork barrel money towards these tobacco farmers in the form of livelihood projects, if you really care about their well-being.

    Too desperate that they are now targeting a specific group for their campaign – smokers.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Maceda, Enrile want Sin Tax Law amended<<<

    AS big-time SINNERS, both TNL are very qualified to talk about Tax Laws on SINS.

  • JosephNess

    siyempre, yan ang bibigkasin nilang panliligaw sa mga botante roon, walang ibang dahilan, nasa tobacco landia sila, kunyari concern daw…kayo na maging trapo…

  • pabloo6293

    Lip service-plain and simple. Ano ba naman ang aasahan mo e nangangampanya sa Ilocos Sur, ang tobaccolandia. No worries though, hindi naman mananalo ang dalawang ito.

  • aristeosj

    let us help tobacco farmers shift to other form of farming.less tobacco produced will help mitigate the effects of smoking to one’s health

  • david

    of course, close sila ke lucio tan kaya ganyan.

  • Don

    Why don;t you just tell tobacco farmers to produce food instead? So many people are starving because food is expensive, and you want to lower sin taxes. MGA TRAPO KAYO!

  • punto_lang

    What if Cebu and other southern part of the country are in favor of the sin tax law, what tune will these duo dance if they campaign in the south? Darn politicians!

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