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Government Champion Touts PNoy’s Support for Sin Tax

Press Release – Action for Economic Reforms – 24 July 2012 In his third and much-applauded State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Aquino highlighted the critical need for sin tax reforms. Aquino stated that the bill, which is expected to generate an additional 32 billion upon its enactment, will provide much-needed funds […]

Health advocates to Recto – Substantial tax increase is a must

Press Release – Action for Economic Reforms – 23 June 2012 Health sectors are now responding to Ways and Means Chair Ralph Recto, welcoming the senator’s declaration to ensure the bill’s passage but expressing their concern over his statement that suggests a weak sin tax law. “While this tax reform affects consumers, the bottom line […]

BIR, BOC: Critics’ smuggling rebuttals over sin tax reforms dogged by biases

Press Release – Action for Economic Reforms— 6 June 2012 AS CONGRESSIONAL DEBATES on the Abaya sin tax reforms finally conclude, the Philippines’ top tax and customs officials once more addressed fears from tobacco-aligned solons that the enactment of HB 5727 would unleash runaway rates of cigarette smuggling. Referencing respected reports and data sources, BIR […]

10,000-strong farmers’ group urges sin tax hike, decries tobacco monopoly

Press Release – Action for Economic Reforms – 31 May 2012 MEMBERS OF the Northern Luzon Alliance who have been flogging the Abaya sin tax bill for flouting the interests of tobacco growers may be in need of a reality-check. According to a body of over 10,000 farmers from the Ilocos region, a failure to […]

Smuggling gripes against Abaya sin tax bill full of fallacies— Customs, BIR

Press Release— Action for Economic Reforms— 29 May 2012 CLAMOUR FROM the tobacco lobby that the Abaya excise tax bill would spur a smuggling frenzy has only cast smokescreens, instead of meaningful debate, around the sin tax reform issue. Supporters of HB 5727, government agency chiefs said today, can rest easy that the bill’s approval […]