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Tama na dakdak! Opposition senators say gov’t must work amid rapid inflation

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by Xave Gregorio

Opposition senators said the government should be working to address rapid inflation, which hit 5.7 percent in September, instead of “silencing” its critics.

“We need a government that truly works; one that responds and addresses our needs — not one whose idea of solving problems is to silence those who point it out,” the Senate minority said in a statement Friday (October 5).

“Enough paranoia, enough noise, enough distractions. Our people need a way out of this hardship, and they need it now,” said Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Antonio Trillanes IV, Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros.

The Senate minority said the government should do away with exorbitant National Food Authority rice retailer fees, stop the implementation of additional excise taxes on fuel, release and raise government cash transfers, lower Value Added Tax to 10 percent, and investigate and hold accountable corrupt officials.

“When the national house is burning, our people need leaders who can stop the fire, or to show them the way to safety — not leaders whose priority is to sow intrigue and hurl insults,” the opposition senators said.