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Higher taxes fail to curb smoking, says Drilon

Senator Franklin Drilon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Cigarette consumption in the Philippines “has not gone down” despite the imposition of higher taxes on tobacco and Senator Franklin Drilon thinks a graphic health warning is necessary.

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

New taxes jack up costs, change smoking patterns


DAVAO CITY—Forgot to buy your cigarette or did you suddenly run out of a stick to light?   Think twice before mooching a stick from a friend because the answer will most likely be: “I ran out of a cigarette myself.”   The days of smoker generosity are disappearing and the new Sin Tax Law [...]

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Cigarettes ‘disappearing’ from shelves in Mindanao areas


Cigarette smokers continue to find it hard to buy their favorite brands here and in other parts of Southern Mindanao as of Thursday as most wholesalers and retailers claim there was still scarcity of supply.

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

New Year’s revelers gripe after ‘sin tax’ takes effect


A “sin tax” on cigarettes and alcohol—part of a government bid to boost finances—dampened the New Year spirit when it took effect throughout the country Tuesday in the midst of celebrations.

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘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.”

Posted: December 21st, 2012 in On Target | Read More »

Aquino signs sin tax bill into law

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.  AP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III signed the Sin Tax reform bill into law Thursday, saying it was an early Christmas gift for Filipinos.

Posted: December 20th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bicam OKs hiking tax rates for sin products every two years

Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The members of the bicameral committee on the sin tax bill have come to an agreement on some of its non-contentious issues but the deliberations on the disagreeing provisions would have to wait until their second meeting.

Posted: December 5th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senate resumes sin tax deliberations

Senator Franklin Drilon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: November 20th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Senators tackle RH bill first


Senators on Monday agreed to tackle the Reproductive Health bill first before attending to other measures pending in the Senate.

Posted: November 19th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

After sin tax, Congress may raise text tax

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Taking a cue from the visiting head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Congress may next impose a higher tax on text messages after it shall have approved the pending bills on increased tobacco and alcohol duties.

Posted: November 19th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Drilon says sin taxes won’t lead to job, profit losses

Sen. Franklin Drilon. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Debates on the sin tax bill resumed Tuesday with Senator Ralph Recto questioning t Senator Franklin Drilon on the implications of increased taxes on tobacco and liquor products.   Recto, the former chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the initial sponsor of the sin tax bill, raised the issue that many [...]

Posted: November 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Civil society, health groups back Drilon’s version of sin tax bill

Sen. Franklin Drilon. FILE PHOTO

Civil society and health advocates on Friday expressed support for Senator Franklin Drilon’s version of the sin tax bill.

Posted: November 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senators debate Drilon’s substitute sin tax bill

Senate of the Philippines. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senators finally started plenary debates on Tuesday on a substitute bill that seeks to generate between P40 billion and P45 billion from alcohol and tobacco.

Posted: November 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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  7. Collector Danny Garcia says Inquirer worth more than news
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  9. What Went Before: Enrile denies Gigi Reyes was ‘other woman’
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
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  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  8. Massive infra spending set
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  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
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  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  8. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  9. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


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