My
stand

I am
FOR
the Sin Tax Law.
Dubbed by the administration as a "health measure," it seeks to increase excise tax on alcohol and tobacco products and is expected to generate nearly P34 billion in additional revenues that will be used for medical care.

  • SAMSON ALCANTARA

     FOR 
    I think it’s a very good law because this will more or less protect the health of the people. We know very well that smoking is dangerous to a person’s health, likewise drinking also, intoxication may cause trouble. And the funds will be utilized in order to develop new industries, better than the tobacco industry.
  • SONNY ANGARA

     FOR 
  • BAM AQUINO

     FOR 
  • GRECO BELGICA

     AGAINST 
    A prohibition law against sin products or vices will not work. Number one, because [having] vices is a personal choice and a moral decision. Hindi po ‘yan napipigilan ng batas... Number two, the government will not reach its goal na itataas daw niyan ang revenue because of the sin products. Why? Ngayon pa lang, dinadaya ang buwis sa sobrang taas, eh ‘di lalong may mas malaking bakahan ang mga kolektor diyan para mailusot ‘yon.
  • NANCY BINAY

     FOR 
    I think 'yung version ngayon I would have voted for it.
  • TEDDY CASIÑO

     AGAINST 
    For me, ang more important, saan mapupunta 'yung pera? It is supposed to be earmarked for health, so 'yun ang kailangan nating bantayan ngayon.
  • ALAN PETER CAYETANO

     FOR 
    I’m hoping that this extra revenue will really go towards health and the safeguards that will be put in place to prevent the loss of livelihood for the farmers will be fixed.
  • TINGTING COJUANGCO

     FOR 
    The sin tax is good because it’s going to go to health services. But we should not also dislocate the tobacco farmers, we should still encourage them to plant tobacco and we should still work hard for the marketing. So I am in favor of that, provided that it really goes to where it is intended to be.
  • LITO DAVID

     FOR 
    Tama lang naman 'yung sin tax law. Ang sa akin lang, ang problema ng pamahalaan, gusto niyang patayin 'yung industriya but at the same time, pinagkukunan din niya ng kanyang revenues. Ano ba talaga ang gusto mo, protektahan ang kalusugan ng mamamayan, o pagkakitaan mo?
  • JC DELOS REYES

     FOR 
    We are for it, but the timeliness of it and the purpose of the law should be defined. Is it geared to healthier Filipinos or is it to generate revenue more?
  • JV EJERCITO ESTRADA

     AGAINST 
    I don't think the law included possible alternative livelihood for tobacco farmers. Of course, I pity those people.
  • JACK ENRILE

     FOR 
    I voted in favor when they decided to lower (the revenue target). The original figure was P60 billion, especially coming from the northern part of the country. The farmers there will be affected. When they lowered it down to P30 billion, I thought it was a good compromise between the need for a government to raise necessary revenues for its programs and also the need for our leaders to look for ways to supplement the industry.
  • CHIZ ESCUDERO

     AGAINST 
    Una, one of the most heavily taxed na ang mga Pilipino sa mundo. Pangalawa, kung talagang health ang concern nila dahil masama daw sa katawan yan, eh 'di sana parang marijuana or cocaine pagbawal na lang nila, hindi 'yung pagkakakitaan pa nila. Pangatlo, kahit taasan mo ang buwis, lilipat lamang sa mas murang brand ang umiinom o nagsisigarilyo. Pang-apat, kung talagang gusto nilang ipagbawal o bawasan ang nagsisigarilyo sa mga bata, ipatupad nila 'yung batas na nagsasabing bawal magbenta ng sigarilyo at alak sa mga bata na hanggang ngayon ay wala pang nahuhuli at nakakasuhan o pag-aralan nila yung pagbebenta ng tingi sa Pilipinas dahil sa Pilipinas lamang nagbebenta ng tinging sigarilyo kung saan mas madaling magsimulang magsigarilyo ang mga bata kumpara kung by the pack binebenta ito.
  • BAL FALCONE

     FOR 
    This is for the health of Filipinos. In that regard we are for it, okay lang 'yun.
  • DICK GORDON

     FOR 
    I would’ve voted [for it], but not as much, because ang iniisip ko, paano naman ‘yung mga nagtitinda ng tobacco sa ating bansa? ‘Wag naman nating biglain na mawawalan ng hanapbuhay. So dapat dahan-dahan, hinay-hinay. Ihanda mo ‘yung taong mawawalan.
  • ED HAGEDORN

     FOR 
    Pero mas maganda siguro kung lahat ng products [mapapatawan ng] tax, hindi 'yung selective lang.
  • GRINGO HONASAN

     AGAINST 
    Because there are more variables that we can manage or hope to manage even considering the avowed public health objectives. What about not the health, the lives of the displaced tobacco farmers and growers? What about the displacement in our local tobacco industry? What about the possible impact on peace and order if smuggling syndicates begin to be active again it will be the problem of our law enforcement agents and considering the very porous, very physical, political and policy boundaries — I don't know if we can manage this.
  • RISA HONTIVEROS

     FOR 
    Hindi lang kasi ito revenue-generating measure. Isa rin itong health measure.
  • LOREN LEGARDA

     FOR 
    It is earmarked for the universal healthcare, kalusugang pangkalahatan to give healthcare coverage to the 25 million poorest Filipinos.
  • MARWIL LLASOS

     FOR 
  • ERNIE MACEDA

     AGAINST 
  • JAMBY MADRIGAL

     FOR 
  • MITOS MAGSAYSAY

     AGAINST 
  • JUN MAGSAYSAY

     FOR 
    The sin tax is important because (of health issues) and it is also trying to lessen the impact on the young people. Maybe if it's too expensive already, they might tend to do something more productive.
  • MON MONTAÑO

     FOR 
    All vices should be taxed properly.
  • RICARDO PENSON

     FOR 
    It's long overdue. We need revenue and the sin tax law should be appropriated for health purposes.
  • KOKO PIMENTEL

     FOR 
    Because I believe the taxing power can be used to modify behavior and that behavior that we want our people to modify is their smoking behavior and the heavy drinking. So they will think twice before engaging in a such a useless activity as smoking, while what we are trying to discourage is heavy drinking plus driving while drunk. So I agree with the use of the taxing power to modify behavior.
  • GRACE POE

     FOR 
    The imposition of a higher tax on alcohol and tobacco products is a positive step in both lessening the abuse of alcohol and tobacco and providing more funding to the larger health care system of the country.
  • CHRISTIAN SEÑERES

     AGAINST 
    The only thing this will accomplish is a heavier debt burden for the country. We're being taxed to death. Ang aming ipinaglalaban ay babaan at bawasan ang mga buwis tulad ng VAT.
  • ANTONIO TRILLANES IV

     FOR 
    I voted for it because it is a revenue measure to support our healthcare programs for the poor.
  • BRO. EDDIE VILLANUEVA

     FOR 
    I'm in favor of that, nang sa gayon ma-discourage 'yung mga gumagawa ng sin — kaya nga tinawag na sin eh. At the same time, mag-raise ng funds ang gobyerno para mabigyan ng tamang pondo ang hospitalization, medical care at saka ang education ng mga kabataan.
  • CYNTHIA VILLAR

     FOR 
    Sin tax law is a health law, kasi alam naman natin it’s been proven that smoking causes cancer. But at the same time, we have a big part of our country na tobacco planters, so dapat tulungan 'yun.
  • MIGZ ZUBIRI

     FOR 
    I’m an anti-smoking advocate, kaya okay naman sa akin yung sin tax measure. Pero sana more tempered 'yung increase ng taxes nang sa gano'n, hindi naman mabubugbog 'yung local industries.
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