Senate bet to seek flat tax rate of 10%

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A petitioner before the Supreme Court (SC) who had sought abolition of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” of lawmakers said he will fight for reducing taxes to a “10-percent flat rate across-the-board” if he is elected senator in the 2016 elections.

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Greco Belgica, in a statement on Monday, explained that the tax reduction will lower prices of basic commodities and increase take-home pay of workers.

He cited the case of Russia, which, according to him, converted to a flat tax rate in 2001.
That country, Belgica said, is one of 40 that imposes such tax rate, showing the world that “money should be held by the people, not the government.”

Since the DAP and the PDAF had been declared unconstitutional by the SC, he suggested that the “pork barrel” be converted to “tuition voucher fund” for students and business capital for those who want to be entrepreneurs.

Once he is in the Senate, those involved in condoning misuse of the DAP and “pork barrel” funds, would be investigated “fairly and objectively,” Belgica said.

For now, he also suggested “suspension” of all DAP and “pork barrel” funds as directed by the Supreme Court under the Belgica ruling of 2013 before November 28, 2015 “or we will take action.”

Like money, according to him, land should also be held by the people, not the state.

The senatorial aspirant, representing Reform Philippines Coalition and November 29, 2015 Movement, batted for the restoration of the death penalty for heinous crimes such as murder, rape, drug trafficking and plunder.

Meanwhile, Belgica wants the Commission on Elections to explain why it removed “four security features”of the Precinct Count Optical Scam or PCOS machines used in the 2010 and 2013 elections and then refused to put them back.

If these features are not restored, he said, “results of the 2016 polls will surely be open to manipulation as they were in the past two elections.”

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