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Drilon admits ‘strong lobby’ against higher taxes on cosmetic surgery: They have to pay, It’s ‘pure luxury’

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Senator Frank Drilon on Thursday confirmed that there was “strong” lobbying from concerned sectors opposed to the proposal to tax cosmetic surgery.

The House contingent on the bicameral conference committee tasked to finalize the comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) could not agree on the Senate’s version of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill which proposed a 10% tax on cosmetic surgery.

The Duterte administration is pushing for new set of tax measures to generate funds for its various infrastructure programs and social services.

Asked whether he was facing resistance to the vanity tax, Drilon said, “Certainly, yes, mag nag-la-lobby. There’s a very strong lobby.”

Pressed whether someone had already talked to him to change his view on the need to tax cosmetic surgery, Drilon said, “Yes, may kumausap).

“Pero ang sabi ko ay as a matter of principle, we should impose the cosmetic tax, because we are increasing the excise tax on fuel, which affects everybody,” he said.

“Iyung pangunahing bilihin, tataas dahil dito (sa CTRP pati na rin) iyung mga magsasaka, ‘yung mga mangingsida,” the senator said in a chance interview.

Drilon added, “The poorer sector of the society will be affected, so why can we not impose a tax on an activity, which is purely luxury?”