10 months Gatchalian bats for P70 excise per-pack on cigarettes MB
By Mario Casayuran The chairman of the Senate economic affairs committee yesterday expressed alarm that Filipinos’ proclivity for cigarettes remained high despite the current P35 per pack excise on tobacco products. Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) Senator Sherwin Gatchalian thus pushed for an increase on tobacco tax to P70 per pack in a bid to curb cigarette consumption among Filipinos, and raise funds for the Universal Health Care (UHC) programs of the government. To do this, Gatchalian asked the cooperation of his colleagues to pass his Senate Bill 2177 to amend the Tax Code ... more