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DOF expects higher sin tax collections

Neal Cruz’s column on the effects of the Sin Tax Law on cigarette smuggling (“Cheap cigarettes from China flooding PH,” Opinion, 10/9/13) is marred with inaccuracies.

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Time to vote, save lives

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There are posters put up downtown by some heartless monsters that say, “NO TO SIN TAX, JOBS NOT TAXES,” as it is “Anti-laborers, anti-farmers, anti-poor.”

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Too high sin taxes may result in less revenue

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I read only recently Senator Ralph Recto’s sponsorship speech on Senate Bill 3299, the Sin Tax bill, as reported out by the Committee on Ways and Means that he headed until recently, and I think he is unfairly being demonized by those who would mostly benefit from it. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, and Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares criticized Recto for paring down the projected income from the very high taxes on cigarettes and liquor from P60 billion to only P15 billion. The combined pummeling forced Recto to resign the chairmanship of the committee. Sen. Franklin Drilon took over the position.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Imagining Mindanao

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It was a lot to ask of the Filipino people: to flex our imaginative muscles and “imagine” a new order, a new way of life in Mindanao.

Posted: October 16th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Recto’s shell game

The watered-down sin tax bill Senator Ralph Recto revealed last week did not only propose a revenue goal on the low end of expectations; it represented a new low, period. Bandying fancy terms like “equilibrium,” Recto, the chair of the Senate committee on ways and means, deceived both the administration he is allied with and the people he is supposed to serve with a rationalization that only the tobacco companies could love.

Posted: October 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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