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Bawas Presyo bill inihain sa Kamara

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Inihain sa Kamara ang isang panukala para mai-roll back ang kinokolektang excise taxes sa kerosene at diesel alinsunod sa Republic Act (RA) No. 10963 o Tax Reform for Acce­leration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

Ayon kay Marikina Rep. Romero ‘Miro’ Quimbo, ang inihain nitong House Bill (HB) No. 8171 ay bilang tugon sa pagtaas ng mga presyo ng pangunahing bilihin at serbisyo.

Isinasaad din sa pa­nukala ang pagsuspende sa pagtataas ng fuel excise tax kapag lumagpas sa quarterly target ng gobyerno ang maitatalang inflation.

Nabatid na ang HB No. 8171 ay counterpart ng Senate Bill No. 1798 o ‘Bawas Presyo bill’ na inihain ni Senador Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV.

“We recorded an inflation of 5.7% in July, with August inflation expected to be at around the same level. Clearly steps have to be taken to bring relief to our people and shield them from future spikes in inflation,” pahayag ni Quimbo.

“During the delibe­rations on TRAIN 1, I repeatedly stressed that the imposition of excise tax on kerosene and diesel are anti-poor. More than 60% of the poorest households in the country depend on kerosene for lighting and cooking while fisher­men, PUVs, and small power uti­lity groups in far-flung areas rely heavily on diesel,” dagdag nito.

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