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.