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Senator Sonny Angara is pushing to keep books tax-free in the country.

In observance of the National Book Week this week, Angara has voiced anew his opposition to any attempt to impose taxes on books. Books, he said, are the most effective tools to improve the education of Filipinos.

“No to taxing books. Yes to a smarter Filipino population. Happy national book week! #AlagangAngara,” he said.

“My father used to say that books are the most effective and economic tools for achieving educational growth,” he said.

Angara’s post included a photo of his dad, the late Senator Edgardo Angara, another defender of education interests in the country.

The post noted that Angara has fought against the imposition of value added tax (VAT) on books when he served as chairperson of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

The elder Angara also authored Republic Act No. 8047 or the Book Publishing Industry Development Act of 1994 which kept the prices of books low through incentives to local publishers.

No to taxing books. Yes to a smarter Filipino population. Happy national book week! #AlagangAngara

Posted by Sonny Angara on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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