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PIA Press Release
2007/03/28

Commentary: Scrap E-Vat and the unanswered questions on John Osmena's rigorous campaigning

by Romy Sabaldan

Davao City (28 March) -- THERE was a question whether former Senator John Osmena's campaigning to scrap the E-Vat law is tantamount to economic sabotage?

The Genuine Opposition (GO) candidate for senator is asking the people to put him back to the Philippine Senate and had in fact chosen one issue that is believed to be endearing to the consciousness of the majority population of voters.

Is the former senator's television political ad campaign to scrap the Reformed Value Added Tax merely an anti-government tirade for his rigorous campaign for a comeback?

And what is the feeling of the government agency tasked to implement the economy-boosting measure?

All these questions have remain unanswered as Jose Eric Furia, Revenue District Officer of the Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) based in Davao City had opted to do so during a press briefing Tuesday at the audio-visual room of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Region XI.

Furia just went into the basic of explaining the basics. He said that while the E-VAT is an added boost to government's revenue-seeking measures, the problem remains to be public apathy.

Why so, because most consumers are just excited about buying things they like and forgetting about asking for the official receipts.

For example, when you buy things considered as luxury such as gasoline for your car at P1000 that automatically carries with it the 12% E-VAT of P120 but if you don't ask for the receipt the added amount do not go to government as revenue but to the seller.

When you're wearing a new t-shirt for P10000 you're not only looking good, you are also helping build a nation with the added P120 if you ask for the receipt.

If all 90 million if Filipinos will just pay P1 each that's already P90 million in one month, he said.

The Revenue District Officer also explained that the E-VAT is just to boost the economy and not to burdened Filipinos considering that all the basic needs and food items are not included in the new taxation scheme.

RDO Furia's press briefing was just to report to the people in his district the recent achievements of the BIR Regional District Office that includes almost P1-B increase in its total collection of P4.4-B in the year 2006 compared to 2005's P3.2-B. (PIA XI) [top]

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