‘Junk junk food tax!’ Solon pushing for higher tax on junk food
Lawmakers are again pushing for higher tax on junk food and the netizens are not having it.
Over the weekend, as the country faces higher fiscal deficit, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, vice chairman of the Senate committee on economic affairs, said the government is looking at junk food, which has “zero nutritional value”, as the next item that could be taxed higher.
After Gatchalian’s statement, a lot of people expressed their disbelief on social media.
For instance, a certain Ralf Jon Lucila Rosasenia threw a pun on Facebook, saying that the proposal is just another attempt by the government to “tax, tax, tax” people, a subtle shade reference to the Duterte administration’s multi-billion “build, build, build” program.
“We have Boy Bawang as our only dish and they still want to tax it?” Tonio Gamchi, another netizen, commented in a Philippine Star report about the news.
Deneca Villamanto Mercado also said in the post that the government should slash the salary of errant government officials like Mocha Uson who just does nothing but spread fake news.
Philippine Star’s report about this has already garnered thousands of shares and comments since it was posted.
To recall, the government already imposed higher tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) two years ago as part of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.
Last February, the country’s excise tax collections from products such as tobacco, alcohol and sweetened beverages totaled to P269.1 billion in revenues in 2019.