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Aquino maintains hands-off attitude on Charter change

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Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III will not impose his views on Charter change on an independent branch of government, Malacañang said Monday.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sin tax law ups revenues but has not cut down smoking

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The sin tax reform law has been bringing in expected increased revenues from the sale of heavily taxed cigarettes but has yet to make a dent in lowering the incidence of smoking in the Philippines. Sen. Franklin Drilon, sponsor of the sin tax law, believes that graphic warnings on the harmful effects of smoking, similar to these printed on the cigarette packets on sale in Bangkok, Thailand, could do the trick.  AP PHOTO/APICHART WEERAWONG

The sin tax reform law has been bringing in expected increased revenues from the sale of heavily taxed cigarettes but has yet to make a dent in lowering the incidence of smoking in the country.

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

House adjourns; Belmonte sees 3 years under 15th Congress a success

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said on Thursday that he saw the past three years under the 15th Congress as a success for the House of Representatives.

Posted: June 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Maceda, Enrile want Sin Tax Law amended

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Former senator Ernesto Maceda. FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: April 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Hoarding forcing smokers to quit?

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Could cigarette retailers be actually doing sin tax supporters a favor and encouraging more smokers to quit sooner?

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Holy smoke! Where have cigarettes gone?

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cartoon, january 4, 2012

Still dying for a smoke? Either you kick the habit now or you chew gum for a week. Hopefully by then, your favorite stick will be back in the market—except that it will cost you more.

Posted: January 4th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Smokers, vendors starting to feel pinch of ‘sin tax’

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Erico Santos, 45, who sells cigarettes under a footbridge on Buendia Avenue in Pasay City, fears the new “sin tax” law that raised the prices of cigarettes may leave him with the short end of the stick, so to speak.

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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

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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 »

Group hails sin tax law, warns vs tobacco tax evaders

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Calling it an “unqualified step forward,” a regional antitobacco group on Friday lauded the Philippines’ enactment of a “sin tax” reform law, but warned of renewed efforts by the tobacco industry to evade the law.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Health advocates score Recto attack on civil society groups

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Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Health advocates on Wednesday scored Senator Ralph Recto for attacking civil society groups that received funding from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to fight the powerful tobacco lobby.

Posted: October 18th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sin Tax law advocates push petition in Senate

The signature drive in Central Visayas that called for the passage of the sin tax bill gathered more than 50,000 signatures in about five months.
Organizers of the signature drive however claimed to have reached about a million people, if the Facebook likes and shares, and open letter from organizations are taken into consideration.

Posted: October 15th, 2012 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Tobacco farmers exposed to smoking risks, doctor says

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The tobacco companies do more harm than good to the farmers that supply them with tobacco leaves for their cigarettes, according to a public health expert.

Posted: August 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sin Tax law may impact lifestyles

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The man on the street ponders the implications on lifestyle and social life with the proposed law that drive prices of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.

Posted: June 15th, 2012 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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