A representative from the district of Camiguin expresses his support to the sin tax bill, noting that he gives more weight on resolving health-related issues than the additional revenues it could generate to boost government coffers.
“Taxes are immaterial here, what count’s more is the well being of the people,” Representative Pedro P. Romulado said.
Having undergone a triple bypass heart surgery due to smoking, Romulado capitalizes heavily on the positive results it could bring to the people, citing that more and more patients are admitted in the hospitals today due to smoking-related diseases.
In an interview over Radio Mindanao Network here in Cagayan de Oro City, the Congressman explained that many of his colleagues in the Congress shared the same outlook, as they too have personally experienced the ill effects of smoking.
When asked about possible entry of smuggled cigarettes, he admitted it is among his apprehensions and should be given more emphasis.
House Bill 5727 or the Sin Tax Bill has already been approved by the House of Representatives before ending its second regular session.
Tobacco farmers on the other hand have expressed fears that the bill would affect their incomes. (PIA 10)