• Leni, PNoy clash on taxes

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    WHEN it comes to taxes, Liberal Party vice presidential bet and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo does not agree with President Benigno Aquino 3rd who has junked proposals to lower income taxes and adjust the value-added tax.

    Robredo said the tax system should be overhauled because it is “unfair” and outdated.

    The lawmaker in a television interview said the lower income tax groups usually have to suffer the burden while those in the upper brackets skirt around tax laws.

    “The ordinary government employees and private sector employees who only depend on their salaries are those who are heavily taxed,” she said in an interview over ANC.

    She stressed that “those who earn more are those who will have to bear the burden” and not the other way around.

    In shooting down calls for lower taxes for the poor, Aquino explained that reducing them will lead to fewer government collections and widen deficits. He also expressed the fear that credit ratio agencies’ trust would be dampened.

    “So ang tanong, makakabuti ba ‘yung pagbababa ng income tax level sa mga kababayan natin? At ako’y hindi kumbinsido sa ngayon,” Aquino told reporters during a recent visit to Iloilo province.

    With regard to proposals to increase VAT, he said it will not be beneficial since it will result in skyrocketing prices of commodities.

    But Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda on Wednesday said there is “no debate that we need to do tax reform.”

    “Everybody is in favor of tax reform. The tax reform that we did was done in 1997 and certainly we need to do a tax reform,” the official said in a press briefing when asked to react on the seeming clash between Aquino and the LP’s chosen VP bet on the issue of taxation.

    “What is the position of government? The position of government is: ‘Let’s do a comprehensive tax reform’ so there’s no debate. There’s no debate that we need to reform the Tax Reform Act,” he pointed out.

    Lacierda added that even Finance Secretary Secretary Purisima was convinced that there must be a new comprehensive tax reform law.

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    5 Comments

    1. Bert Hernandez on

      This is the president that don’t listen to the needs of the poor, he does not even listen to the Supreme Court ruling, he cares only for himself and the rich yellows. Baluktot lahat ang pagiisip Nya kaya Tahak ang ” baluktot na Daan”, mahuhulog ka at c Abad sa Daan na Ito.

    2. apolonio reyes on

      Mabuti pa itong si Rep. Leni Robredo hindi lagging Yes Sir Sa Daan Matuwid tayo, nagsasabi sya ng kanyang sinasaloob na dapat ibaba ang income tax ng ordinaryong tao at itaas ang tax ng mga mayayaman. Sana si Roxas ay huwag lagging “Ipagpatuloy Natin ang Daan Matuwid ” ang sinasabi. Nagiging ” Clone ” tuloy sya ni Pnoy. Magpakatutuo ka sana Mar gaya ni Leni at maraming boboto sa iyo pagka’t IKAW AY IKAW ! DI BA BAYAN?

    3. akala ko ang taong bayan ang BOSS nya – bkit di sya nkikinig sa panawagan ng mga BOSS nya???

      Gang pangako at salita ka din MR. Pres..i admire u s mga ginawa mong mga reporma pero maarmi kang di pinagtutuunan ng pansin lalo na sa kapapakanan ng ordinaryong pilipino at kaming mga OFW…

    4. noykapon and leni are both economics graduates.
      so, who’s the better economist between the two?
      the one who said traffic gridlock is a sign of good economy;
      or the other who said the current tax system is unfair and outdated?
      you make the call.

    5. walang pakialam si noy noy Aquino kahit ano pa ang prisepyo o paniniwala ng mga suportado niyang kandidato! Ang mahalaga sa kanya siya ay protektado at may tagapagligtas sa lahat ng kanyang mga atraso.