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Where did sin taxes go? Pia Cayetano asks

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Senator Pia Cayetano. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Pia Cayetano is asking Congress to inquire into whether the P91-billion revenue from the Sin Tax Reform Act went to their intended beneficiaries in 2013, the first year of its implementation.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Softdrinks tax proposed

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Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/athel.suansing

Following the higher taxes on “sin” products such as alcohol and cigarettes, could those bottles of cola be next in line?

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Santiago, Trillanes in ouster plot–Enrile

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

If President Aquino were involved in the plot to oust him in connection with the reproductive health (RH) and sin tax measures, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said Sunday he would respect the President’s decision.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Sin tax bill ratified

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The Senate ratified on Tuesday the bicameral conference committee report on sin tax that seeks to impose higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol products.

Posted: December 11th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Enrile: Cigarette smuggling ongoing

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Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile. FILE PHOTO

Are smuggled cigarettes flooding the Philippine market in anticipation of the sharp increase in tobacco and alcohol taxes?

Posted: November 30th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Approval of sin tax bill derailed

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile

Deliberations on the sin tax reform bill stalled Tuesday evening after Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile pointed out that there was a “distortion” in the burden sharing of the revenues that would be collected from the sin taxes.

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

Sin tax bill might be OK’d Monday—Drilon

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Senator Franklin Drilon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Following President Benigno Aquino III’s decision certifying the bill as urgent, sin tax reform bill could finally be approved Monday, according to Senator Franklin Drilon.

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

Enrile: Only senators’ attendance can ultimately save priority measures

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Apparently tired of being blamed for the stalling of priority measures, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile turned to colleagues and asked them to spend more time inside the session hall instead of disappearing upon the recording of their attendance during roll call.

Posted: October 28th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Belmonte: We’re not easy on SMC

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Thursday acknowledged that the House version of the sin tax bill might be construed as favorable to liquor firms, but reminded critics that the measure was still up for scrutiny by the Senate.

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

Drilon given power on Senate sin tax bill

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Sen. Franklin Drilon: Will he get it? INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senators have agreed to let Senator Franklin Drilon, acting chairman of the Senate committee on ways and means, decide on how to proceed with the sin tax reform measure in the chamber.

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

Sin tax contrition: Palace now amenable to P40B revenue

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Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After tangling with some senators, Cabinet officials have moved to bridge the big gap in projected revenue from the sin tax reform measure by offering a compromise amount: P40 billion.

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

DOH, PhilHealth must prepare to absorb sin tax collections, says budget chief

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Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

State health agencies might not be able to immediately absorb the expected incremental revenues from the proposed sin tax reform bill, a Cabinet official said on Thursday.

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

From ‘Recto-Morris’ to ‘Purisima-San Mig’

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Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima: Waiting game. AFP

Still smarting from what he believed was an abandonment by Palace allies, Senator Ralph Recto on Wednesday lashed out at the Department of Finance (DOF), saying the version of the sin tax bill passed by the House of Representatives could be the product of a “Purisima-San Miguel” alliance that allowed lower taxes for fermented liquor such as beer.

Posted: October 18th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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