Sen. Bam: Tutukan sana ng Pangulo ang bagyo at krisis sa presyo, suspindihin ang excise tax sa Enero

Sen. Bam: Tutukan sana ng Pangulo ang bagyo at krisis sa presyo, suspindihin ang excise tax sa Enero

Sen. Bam Aquino called on President Duterte to directly address issues that affect the Filipino people, like high prices of goods, and not use politics to divert the public’s attention.

“Tutukan sana ng Pangulo ang tunay na isyu, taas-presyo at bagyo, imbis na ang pulitika. Krisis sa bigas at pagkain at itong parating na Bagyong Ompong ang mga totoong banta sa pamilyang Pilipino,” said Sen. Bam, referring to Duterte’s address to the nation this afternoon.

“Hindi makakatulong ang pamumulitika sa problema ng ating mga kababayan,” Sen. Bam pointed out, adding that the government should find ways to alleviate the plight of the Filipinos, especially the poor, amid the continuous increase in prices of goods and petroleum products.

 “Tama na, sobra na ang pahirap sa ating mga kababayan. Solusyunan na ang taas presyo at protektahan ang mga Pilipino sa gutom, bagyo at iba pang peligro,” said Sen. Bam.

Instead of politicking, Sen. Bam said Duterte must inspire government officials and the opposition to work together in finding solutions to pressing problems, such as high inflation rate and high prices of goods.

 “Magkaisa na lang sana tayo sa paghanap at pagganap ng mga solusyon, na matagal nang hiling ng taumbayan,” said Sen. Bam.

Sen. Bam has filed Senate Bill No. 1798 or the Bawas Presyo Bill, which aims to suspend the excise tax on fuel under the TRAIN Law when the average inflation rate surpasses the annual inflation target over a three-month period.

“Sana suspindihin ng Pangulo mamaya ang excise tax sa Enero. It’s possible,” said Sen. Bam.

According to Sen. Bam, the immediate passage of the law will also stop the scheduled P2 additional excise tax on petroleum products under the TRAIN Law in January 2019.

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