Close  

On Congress’ abolition, bishops, tax exemptions

12:02 AM March 03, 2015

I disagree with the five bishops calling for the resignation of President Aquino. He is among the very best ever elected by Juan de la Cruz. Imagine how difficult it had been in the past, even for presidents, to have senators subjected to investigations and even hauled off to jail, not to mention getting a chief justice impeached.

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago is correct: Catholic Church institutions should not be exempt from paying taxes; the lifting of this exemption is, in fact, long overdue. Anyway, when you get confined at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital charity ward, you have to pay even if you are a senior citizen and could hardly walk due to old age. You want to complain to the rector, but he is very busy.

ADVERTISEMENT

Government resources have been stretched thin because of the many calamities that recently visited our land. But government hospitals still offer free consultation for senior citizens. The Philippine Orthopedic Center in Quezon City offers free X-ray, and the service is fast; the doctors are very helpful, and young. The temperature in its three big X-ray rooms is cold.

Sen. Grace Poe suggested that laboratory services in all government hospitals should also be free for senior citizens. We hope Congress will pass a law to this effect, but as you know our legislators are very slow in passing laws; it takes them years to do so.

FEATURED STORIES

I think it would be better to abolish Congress; after all, many of its members are often abroad and most of the time absent. We are paying them doing nothing.

—ALFONSO MARCAIDA PEREZ,

West Santiago Street,

Barangay Paltok District 1,

SFDM, Quezon City

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: abolition, church, congress, letters, President Aquino, resignation, tax exemptions
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.