Sen. Ralph Recto’s Ways and Means to Protect Tobacco and Alcohol

By N Mark Castro

In the continued perplexing decisions made by Philippine senators, Senator Ralph Recto takes over the front pages with his recent  committee report on the sin tax reform bill, which sought to collect P15 billion in taxes instead of the P60 billion target by the Departments of Health and Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Reeking of corporate payoffs from powerful tobacco lobbyists, Sen. Recto’s recommendations has been thankfully met with vigilant criticisms, both online and offline. Creative Director Dennis Garcia posted several memes that have taken a life of its own:

And hounded by these criticisms, Sen. Recto said:

“Let’s debate it in a civilized manner,” Recto said. “Let’s not be too hot-headed, that is also not good for our health.”

What is evidently not good for our health, Sen. Recto, are the very products that you refuse to tax heavily. Indeed, what is not good for our health are the very companies that you so represent instead of the public that you ought to serve.

As of this posting, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that Sen. Ralph Recto (one of the many political dynasties in Philippine politics) has resigned from his chairmanship of the powerful Ways & Means Committee.

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on October 15, 2012, in General, Politics and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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