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Pag-ingatan ang kalusugan: Cayetano hails enactment of ‘sin tax’ law

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The enactment of the “sin tax” law is a manifestation of the Duterte administration’s full commitment to its mandate of protecting public health and welfare.

Senator Pia Cayetano made the remark as she welcome President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s recent signing of the Sin Tax Reform Law, which raises the excise taxes imposed on alcohol and e-cigarette products.

“As chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee, I had pushed for substantially higher sin tax rates under my sponsored Senate bill, to be able to meet the funding requirements for universal health care and to effectively deter the consumption of these harmful products,” she said.

“Nonetheless, I remain confident that the law’s passage is a good step forward to discourage Filipinos, especially the youth, from taking up dangerous vices, thereby guiding them towards making healthier lifestyle choices,” she said.

Cayetano added, “Moreover, the revenues to be collected from this measure will go a long way in ensuring our people’s access to free and quality health care services.”

“I thank our colleagues in the DoH (Department of Health) and DoF (Department of Finance), Congress, and pro-health allies for contributing to this landmark legislation,” Cayetano said.

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