Monday, January 22, 2018

Di papapigil! Makabayan bloc’s petition vs TRAIN ready by next week

The Makabayan bloc is set to challenge the newly-implemented tax reform law before the Supreme Court next week.

ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio said they will be ready to submit their petition against the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law to the high court next week.

“Ayoko pangunahan yung mga detalye. Generally, we will raise procedural issues as well as certain possibly substantive issues. [It] will be ready next week,” Tinio said.

He noted that if ever the SC ignores their petition, the issue should not be taken for granted especially by the public, whom he said would be greatly affected by the law.

“In the end, ang bola [ay] nasa taumbayan na, so as I said, dapat number one electoral issue ito, ‘yung administrasyon tsaka yung mga legislator na nag-inflict ng TRAIN at magpapahirap sa mayorya ng mamamayan, kailangang panagutin,” he said.

Tinio insisted that higher excise taxes will increase prices of basic commodities and services, which is contrary to the statement of the Department of Trade and Industry that the new law will have “minimal” effect on prices.

The TRAIN law, which President Duterte signed on Dec. 19, reduces personal income tax and imposes a higher tax on fuel, cars, sugar drinks and tobacco.

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