No New Taxes Yet (Part 2)

The biggest resistance to sin taxes comes from the tobacco industry. The title of a paper co-authored by K. Alechnowicz and S. Chapman (2004), which came out in the international peer-reviewed journal Tobacco Control, says it all: The Philippine tobacco industry: “the strongest tobacco lobby in Asia.”

The Alechnowicz and Chapman paper documented “revelations from internal tobacco industry documents about the conduct of the industry in the Philippines since the 1960s.” Political corruption was among the areas explored.

“No new taxes yet.” (Part 1)

“Aquino: No new taxes yet.” This was the BusinessMirror’s headline on 27 June 2011.

How should the statement of President Noy Aquino be interpreted? Should we—those who support an increase in taxes—be dismayed over the statement?

Of course, for vested interests—e.g., the manufacturers of sin (alcohol and tobacco) products—the statement is welcome news. They will emphasize the phrase “no new taxes.”

Fearing the passage of a watered-down bill, AER dissuades Mandanas from conducting sin tax hearings during the sine die

On Thursday (June 09, 2011), Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means committee, moved to secure permission from House leaders to conduct hearings during the sine die adjournment. In a news release quoted by the Manila Times and the BusinessWorld over the weekend, Rep. Mandanas said that this was part of his […]

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