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Kung ayaw wag! Duterte tells TRAIN Law critics: Don’t pay taxes but the BIR will run after you

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President Rodrigo Duterte has advised critics of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law not to pay taxes as a way of protest.

Duterte, however, said those against the law should not blame him in case the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) runs after them for tax evasion.

“Kung ayaw mo ng TRAIN, eh ‘di huwag kang magbayad. Simple man lang na. You’re against the taxes? O, do not pay. Do not blame me if the BIR also will go after you. As simple as that,” he said in a speech at a private event in Cebu City Tuesday (February 13).

Duterte made the statement after mentioning that a group protested against the TRAIN Law that day.

The TRAIN Law lowered the income taxes of majority of the working class but also imposed new taxes on some basic goods such as fuel and sugar sweetened beverages.

Its passage has been blamed by critics for the rise in the prices of commodities.

The revenues to be collected from the law will finance the administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” program.