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Sin Taxes will help farmers, says government, advocates

The administration’s sin tax reforms will not only score points for public health and revenues, but may even help ease tobacco farmers out of poverty, reformist groups argued this week in Congress.

During heated committee hearings on February 21 and 22, supporters of the planned levy disputed rehashed and recycled claims among pro-tobacco forces that farmers— more so than the tobacco monopoly— would be the chief victims of the said reforms.

Willie Nelson, Tobacco Farmers, and the Sin Tax

I am not exactly a fan of Willie Nelson and his Western country music. But I cannot forget his collaboration with Wynton Marsalis, my idol for being one of the greatest trumpeters and for championing both jazz and classical music. Nelson and Marsalis teamed up to play good music and produced an album titled “Two Men with the Blues.”

I like the blues, too. And I will highly recommend the Nelson and Marsalis album. Their interpretation, for example, of “Georgia on my Mind” is tender and sweet yet retains a tinge of melancholy.

Health Advocates: New Sin Taxes needed to prevent a Health Crisis

If new sin taxes are not passed within 2012, the Philippines will soon suffer a severe health crisis, advocates from the medical profession and civil society warned yesterday.

Non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) such as cancer and heart disease have already reached dire levels in the Philippines, claimed Dr. Antonio Dans and Dr. Antony Leachon from the medical sector.

Singson’s Sin Tax Bill: Anti-Reform, Anti-Poor

In a rushed, madcap meeting of the National Internal Revenue subcommittee held at the House of Representatives on 30 January 2012, a substitute version of the sin tax bill was signed and approved by 10 legislators, led by the subcommittee’s chair, Representative (Rep.) Eric Singson Jr. of Ilocos Sur.

The substitute bill consolidates the salient facets of the bills previously filed by Rep. Hermilando Mandanas and Rep. Singson on the excise tax for alcohol and tobacco merchandise. Sin tax reform advocates have criticized the Mandanas and Singson bills for their weak provisions such as the absence of inflation indexation and the retention of multi-tiered tax rates.

Anti-Reformers attempt to sabotage the administration’s sin tax bill

In a rushed, madcap meeting of the National Internal Revenue Subcommittee held at the House of Representatives on 30 January 2012, a consolidated version of the Sin Tax Bill was signed and approved by 10 members of the House, led by the Subcommittee’s chair Rep. Eric Singson Jr. of Ilocos Sur.

The ten signing Congresspersons including Rep. Singson, Rep. Mitos Magsaysay of Zambales and Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City want a bill that undermines the tobacco and alcohol tax reforms.