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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sin Tax Bill Philippines A Big Victory for ₱40 Billion

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Sin tax Bill Philippines - Passed. Photo: Rappler.com

Voting 15-2, Senate OKs Sin Tax Bill

The Senate, voting 15-2, finally approved the controversial measure increasing excise taxes for cigarettes and alcohol products after senators intensely debated on the appropriate equal distribution of tax burden among the two so-called sin products.

Only two senators, Senators Joker Arroyo and Francis Escudero voted against the bill.

Those who cast a "yes" vote were

  1. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
  2. Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada
  3. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III
  4. Sen. Franklin Drilon
  5. Gregorio Honasan II
  6. Pia Cayetano
  7. Lito Lapid
  8. Aquilino Pimentel III
  9. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
  10. Teofisto Guingona, III
  11. Loren Legarda,
  12. Ramon Revilla Jr.
  13. Manuel Villar
  14. Ralph Recto
  15. Panfilo Lacson.

Drilon, sponsor of the bill, and chair of the Ways and Means Committee, said the government stands to generate 40 billion in additional revenues with the passage of the measure.

THE UNIVERSITY of the Philippines Economics Towards Consciousness together with other UP school organizations hold a Sin Tax Consciousness Parade at the Diliman campus to inform fellow students about the advantages of passing the law.

Of the amount, 24 billion will come from increased taxes on tobacco, while 16 billion will be generated from taxes on fermented liquor and distilled spirits depending on its historical burden sharing.

Prior to the approval on third and final reading, Enrile demanded a re-computation of the multi-year tax burdens after seeing what he saw was a "distortion in the computation."

As approved in caucus, the aggregate sin tax collection target was pegged at 40-billion with a 60-40 percent burden sharing scheme which tobacco tax take was set at 24-billion and alcohol tax at 16-billion under the Senate version.

"After much negotiation, we have agreed on a three-tier system for taxes of cigarettes," Drilon said. "We have maintained a 60-40 burden sharing between cigarettes and alcohol. What are the totals that we expect to collect on a per year basis?"

Drilon enumerated them:

The total increment would be

  • 39.5 billion; in 2013
  • 45.7 billion; in 2014
  • 52.3 billion; in 2015
  • 57.7 billion; in 2016
  • 64.4 billion in 2017

The rates will be as follows. For the lowest priced, the excise tax for efective next year per pack would be  

  • 2013 will be 12.00
  • 2014, 15.00
  • 2015, 18.00
  • 2016, 21.00
  • 2017, 26.00.

On the medium priced cigarettes, the excise tax for 2013 will be 16.00; in 2014, 18.00; in 2015, 22.00; in 2016, 24.00; and in 2017, 26.00.  . For the highest priced, the excise tax for 2013 will be 20.00; in 2014, 21.00; in 2015, 22.00; in 2016, 24.00; and in 2017, 26.00.

Senate Bill No. 3299 otherwise known as "an Act Restructuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco Products" was adopted with 15 affirmative votes, two negative votes, and zero abstention.

 "The passage of this bill is monumental in the history of this chamber. Once again, amidst the differences in our views, we have proven that we care more about saving lives than generating revenues; and that we remain true to serving the nation above personal interest," said Drilon who went through tedious debates on the proposed measure.

President Aquino has certified the bill as urgent. (http://is.gd/wConSB)

Manila Bulletin 

26 Responses so far

  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulation Health Advocate.. Kung pwede pa nga e triple pa eh.. Yehey!! mas mabilis na ang pag gawa ng mga controversia law ngayon kumpara dati. malinis na ang gobyernong Pilipinas.. Naniniwala na ako sa Goveryerno....

  2. Anonymous says:

    good news! okay yan more revenues to be used for nation bulding... sana hindi kurakutin...

  3. Anonymous says:

    Maganda yan kung sa heath program mapunta parang dito sa Italy pag na confine Ka libre at may sariling doctor bawat isa..

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sa ikauunlad ng Pilipinas, sa tuwid na daan, PNOY, sa SIN Tax, I salute you!

    Aim high Pilipinas!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Maganda na ngayon kasi mas open minded na ang mga senator at saka hindi na sila nagpapadala sa kung sino sino lang,.. The Filipino people is being molded for good dahil may presidente tayo na masigasig na bagohin ang Pilipinas,..Its the starting point for every one "GO PHILIPINES'

  6. Anonymous says:

    Stop smoking na rin ako....

  7. Anonymous says:

    mauuso na ang mga e-cig nito!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Candy nalang mas cheap!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    SANA ISUNOD NA ANG RH BILL SA PAGPASA.....

  10. Anonymous says:

    No way to RH Bill. Dag-dag gastos lang yan. bakit pa e complicate ang sitwasyon? Pwede namanng mamahagi ng Condom sa mga health centers na walang RH bill ah!!! gagastos pa ang kaban ng bayan sa pag discuss ng RH Bill na yan eh pwede naman may sex education na agad..

    bakit kami, noong 1990- Grade 5 ako noon, may sex education na grade 5 pa kami? Alam na mamin ang ang tunod pag pumasok sa vagina at nag lalabas ng likido o semen na may dalang sperm ay nakakabuntis. yun alam na ng lahat yan at may demo pa si Maam. Dati na yang ginagawa walang RH bill. Bakit gagastos pa ulit at e complicate pa ulit?

    Meron pang inpinamahagi na "Gabay sa pagpalano ng Pamilya" sa bawat annay at naka discuss doon ang contraceptives, tamang pagkain.. aba dati na may ganyan ah.. bakit mag RH bill pa.

    Itutuloy nalang yung nasimulan dati para wala ng gulo. May freedom diba, just educate the people at hayaan nyo silang ipatupad yun ng hindi sapilitan

  11. Anonymous says:

    Bakit na approve agad ang Sin Tax Bill? kasi walang masyadong tutol kasi ito ay para sa kapakanan ng lahat. ang RH Bill Sapilitang pag paplano ay nako.. bakit gagastos pa ang pamhalaan sa pamimilit sa mga ayaw? Bakit hindi mag tayo ng maraming hospital, e hire lahat ng mga Nurses para magka trabaho.. iyan ang tamang sulosyon hindi sapilitang pag pa planno ng pamilya samantalang mga Nurses natin walang ma pasukang hospital dito at dun nag tungo sa abroad... E limit na ang pag work abroad. mag tayo ng maraming hospital... e hire lahat ng Nurse and doctor natin para may maraming trabaho dito

  12. Anonymous says:

    hindi dumarami ang mga nrse natin dahil wlang hostpital... dumarami ang mga nurse natin kundi dahil sa maling idea. alam naman na ng marami na halos wala nang mapasukan sa pinas ang mga nurse bakit puro nursing pa din ang kinukuhang kurso? marami namang kurso dyan na mas in demand ngayon katulad ng Informaton Technology at Engineering mas kailangan ng bansa natin ngayon ang mga nagtapos sa ganyang kurso.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hindi mo ba alam na wala ngang hospitals and health center sa mga probinsya. taga manila ka yata kaya natamasa mo ang mga buwis mula sa Visayas at Mindanao at iyon ginagamit sa public services sa manila pero sa kabundukan ng Visayas at Mindanao, walang school, walang health center, walang hospital... sobrang kelangan ng mga doctor at nurses sa pilipinas wala naman hospitals kasi nag tipid ang gobyerno mula ni marcos hanggang kay arroyo para maibulsa ang pera ng taumbayan

  14. Anonymous says:

    Salamat po! Thank you to all the Senators who cast a yes vote for this sin tax bill.

    Again, thank you po! You made millions of Filipinos happy!

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is Super excellent news!

    I hope too that smokers in the Philippines will not just throw their cigarette butts on the streets of Metro Manila and Cebu City.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Maraming Salamat po!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Dapat maparusahan din iyong mga nagtatapon ng cigarette butts sa mga kalye ng Metro Manila at sa iba pang mga Philippine cities.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much!!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Tama - itigil na ang pagtapon ng mga cigarette butts sa kalsada.

    Masamang ugali ito!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I pray na ma-reduce ng mga 95% to 99% ang air pollution (at noise pollution) sa mga cities sa Philippines lalung lalo na sa Metro Manila at Cebu, during the reign of President Pnoy.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Sana magamit ng maayos ang pondo lalo na sa mga may mga sakit na Pilipino.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I pray for the strict implementation of laws in the Philippines. No more padrino system please!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Mas maganda kung malaki ang ma-kokolecta na buwis sa sin tax.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Dapat mayroon malaking penalty rin sa mga nagtatapon ng mga cigarette butts sa kalsada.

    Dapat strict implementation ang batas sa Pilipinas.

    At dapat continuous ang pagpapatupad at hindi pang isang buwan lang or pag gusto.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Those in authority who implement laws in the land must be stricter.

    There must be higher penalties and fines for erring businesses and for illegal activities and they must be dealt with accordingly.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Dapat nga iyong mga boatmen sa mga beaches ay hindi payagan magsigarilyo dahil pagkatapos nilang magsigarilyo tinatapon lang nila iyong mga cigarette butts sa tubig. GRABE NA ITO!

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