- The anti-smoking group urged the Senate to sign the committee report on increasing tobacco tax
- So far, 11 senators signed on the committee report
- The tax that would be added to tobaccos would be used to fund the Universal Health Care (UHC) law
An anti-smoking group urged the senators to sign on the committee report to increase the excise tax on tobacco products. At least 10 signatures are needed for the Senate bill to push through the interpellation.
KAMI learned that so far, about 11 senators have signed on the committee report.
In a report by the Inquirer (author Gabriel Pabico Lalu), the additional tax would be used to fund the Universal Health Care (UHC) law if the proposed measure will be signed into law.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said that P63 billion is still needed for the implementation of UHC in 2020.
Senators Sonny Angara, Sherwin Gatchalian, JV Ejercito, Risa Hontiveros, Ping Lacson, Kiko Pangilinan, Nancy Binay, Loren Legarda, Franklin Drilon, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Ralph Recto signed on the committee report so far.
The proposed measure aims to raise the tax for every cigarette pack from P45 to P60 for the next four years. It also aims to reduce the death and disabilities caused by smoking.
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