5 months Senate expected to pass bill on tobacco excise tax June 4 MB
By Mario Casayuran The controversial bill increasing the excise tax on cigarettes is due for approval early next week just before the Senate and House of Representatives adjourn sine die on June 5. (AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The Senate, according to Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, is expected to approve the ‘’sin’’ tax bill on second, and on third and final reading when it resumes plenary session on Monday. Former President and currently House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had assured Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III that the Lower House would adopt any version of ... more