Philippine Politicians Are World-Class Experts on Creating More Taxes (Additional Burden)
Word is out that Filipino politicians, many of them supporters of President Duterte, are all set to tax sugary drinks. While I am not against it (because I rarely consume sugar-sweetened beverages), I believe it is unnecessary at the moment. The Philippine government has yet to streamline its tax collection and run after big tax evaders, including eight-division world champion boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is eyeing a compromise with the Bureau of Internal Revenues. Since he’s an ally, President Duterte didn’t harass him much.
The levy on sugar-sweetened drinks as part of the Duterte administration’s comprehensive tax reform program will not only help increase revenues but also reduce consumption of sugary beverages that contribute to obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other health related problems. Filipinos die from these conditions because they cannot moderate their consumption.
However, this also means money for corrupt and turncoat politicians and burden for the beverage industry, made up of restaurants, small stores, mall kiosks, sidewalk vendors, distributors, producers, and sugar farmers. As long as Filipinos do not know how to control their consumption of or addiction to Coca-Cola and Pepsi, we need this kind of tax and everyone’s gonna get hurt, especially us who drink sugar-sweetened drinks to relieve our “pain” and “sadness”, if you know what I mean.
But do we need such a tax? For me, I don’t think so. Not now, especially when we still have corrupt, turncoat and incompetent politicians in the Philippine government. Many of them no longer earn the ire of Duterte supporters (“Dutertetards”) because they already allied themselves with the man from Davao City. These Filipino politicians, they are a great pain in the ass, heart, and brain.
And these Filipino politicians are the same fools who proposed a 10- to 30-percent excise tax on beauty products and services (Vanity Tax) and additional taxes on excessive buying of electronic gadgets, which includes smartphones, appliances, and other gadgets. These fools, they are going to tax my two laptops and three smartphones.
Ladies and gentlemen, exercise your Filipino Pride: Filipino politicians are the best in creating additional problems to the people.