Saturday, January 20, 2018

Itigil ang tax reform! Makabayan bloc wants TRO vs TRAIN

Leftist lawmakers have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to strike down the newly-enacted tax reform law.

Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc filed a petition before the high court Thursday prodding the SC to issue a temporary restraining order against the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

“Nandoon pa rin ang ating paniniwala na ang inihain nating petisyon ay may malakas na tungtungan constitutionally, even sa rules na sina-cite namin. Kaya nananawagan kami na tingnang mabuti ito ng Korte Supreme,” Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said.

“Unang pakete pa lamang ito ng Train, at nakita na natin ang rumaragasang epekto nito sa ating mga kababayan, taliwas sa naunang sinabi ng administrasyon na minimal daw ang epekto nito,” he added.

Zarate along with ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio and Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao argued that the tax law bill was invalid citing no quorum when the House of Representatives ratified the joint bicameral conference report on the measure. They added that there was no voting involved.

“On top of the utter lack of the requisite quorum, the second equally important requirement – the majority vote – was also not met. A vote, whether viva voce or nominal, was not taken,” the petitioners said.

The respondents in the petition are President Rodrigo Duterte, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, and Deputy Majority Leader Arthur Defensor Jr.

The leftist lawmakers are opposing the TRAIN law describing it as “anti-poor” and “regressive.” They likewise believed that the new tax reform law would lead to higher prices of good and transportation fares.

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