5 months Raising tobacco tax may worsen corruption in gov’t – senator MB
By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto warned that raising the excise tax on tobacco might worsen inefficiency and corruption in government if current “problems” in the tax collection and spending are not addressed. Senator Ralph Recto (JOHN JEROME GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Recto expressed his concern in the wake of the proposed hike in tobacco excise tax, citing the prevailing problems in health-delivery services, particularly in government insurance. The Department of Finance (DOF) prodded the Senate for approval of the bill increasing cigarette excise tax to P60 per pack within four years to fill ... more