Sin Tax Bill - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Sin Tax Bill


New taxes on alcohol, tobacco await Duterte's signature

Dec 18, 2019 - 11:06 PM

But the bill won't bring significant revenues for the implementation of the Universal Health Care law as originally planned

HIGHER TAXES. The 18th Congress ratified the measure increasing alcohol and tobacco taxes. Stock photo

Duterte certifies as urgent bill increasing cigarette, alcohol taxes

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol would 'generate additional revenue' for universal health care

BALIKTARAN. Senator Pia Cayetano holds two packs of alcopop “Gaz” presenting the said product to the members of the senate. September 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Winemakers whining over proposed tax hike

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Wine companies say they only have a market share of 1%, and no matter how high taxes are raised, it would only be a 'drop in the bucket' for the government

Senate approves higher taxes on cigarettes, tobacco products

Jun 03, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The bill proposes a starting tax rate of P45 in 2020, followed by a series of annual P5 increases until the rate reaches P60 in 2023

Rappler file photo

Sin tax collection exceeds gov't target

Dec 20, 2013 - 7:33 PM

The government expects revenue collection from sin products to reach P105 3 billion in 2014

Confessions of a struggling nicotine dependent

Jan 04, 2013 - 3:10 PM

I ve had relapses after numerous attempts to go cold turkey but was pleased when the Sin Tax bill was passed The markup on the price of cigarettes has given me greater incentive to quit the habit entirely

Rappler Newscast | December 20, 2012

Dec 20, 2012 - 8:52 PM

President Aquino signs the sin tax bill into law ending 15 years of efforts to reform the excise tax system | The opposition accuses the Liberal Party of persecuting opponents in the 2013 polls | Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon is 1st runner up in the Miss Universe pageant

Aquino signs historic sin tax bill into law

Dec 20, 2012 - 11:36 AM

The law imposes higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol products overcoming a strong industry lobby that kept prices in the Philippines among the cheapest in the world

Farmers unfazed by sin tax bill; exports to boost incomes - DA

Dec 15, 2012 - 12:28 PM

So long as income is guaranteed farmers will continue cultivating tobacco

Rappler Newscast | December 11, 2012

Dec 11, 2012 - 8:52 PM

The sin tax reform bill passes the Congress bicameral committee a signature away from becoming law After 15 years the House of Representatives decides the fate of the Reproductive Health bill on Wednesday The government asks the Supreme Court to declare the cybercrime law valid

Historic sin tax bill awaits Aquino's OK

Dec 11, 2012 - 6:32 PM

The Senate and the House ratify the bicameral conference report on the bill that will increase taxes on cigarettes and alcohol products

Sin tax passes bicam, last battleground

Dec 10, 2012 - 4:48 PM

The bicameral conference committee ends deliberations on the sin tax bill to sign report Tuesday

Aquino gov't pushes for incentive bill's passage before 2013 polls

Dec 09, 2012 - 12:28 PM

The Department of Finance DOF is in a race against time to help pass the fiscal incentives measure and the legislation of the mining revenue sharing scheme in 2013

Sin tax bicam to focus on 'non-contentious' issues first

Dec 04, 2012 - 6:07 PM

The bicameral conference committee meeting on the sin tax bill begins Wednesday

Enrile to smoke again to prove sin tax point

Nov 29, 2012 - 2:50 PM

Enrile shows off a pack of smuggled cigarettes to prove that smuggling will exacerbate once sin tax becomes law

Recto, Marcos join sin tax bicam panel

Nov 28, 2012 - 7:34 PM

Despite the objection of health advocates Sen Ralph Recto and Sen Bongbong Marcos will be part of the sin tax bicam

Recto to sin tax advocates: Why fear me?

Nov 28, 2012 - 4:39 PM

Sen Ralph Recto says health groups have nothing to fear if he is included in the sin tax bicam

Ona backs inhibition call for Recto, Marcos

Nov 28, 2012 - 2:14 PM

Ona witnesses the signing of a manifesto calling on Senators Ralph Recto and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr to inhibit from the bicameral conference proceedings on the sin tax bill

Bongbong Marcos on 'gotcha' picture: Philip Morris offered data

Nov 27, 2012 - 3:35 PM

Sen Ferdinand Marcos Jr talks to a lawyer of Philip Morris during a Senate session on the sin tax bill but adds the public should not read much into it

‘No major hitch in sin tax, budget bicam’

Nov 22, 2012 - 3:11 PM

Sen Franklin Drilon foresees a smooth bicam for both the sin tax bill and the 2013 budget

After 15 years, sin tax bill hurdles Senate

Nov 20, 2012 - 8:35 PM

This brings the bill one step closer to becoming a law The bill will raise P39 5 B additional revenues for government in the first year slightly lower than the Palace s P40 B target but higher than the P31 B approved by the House

APPROVED. The Senate passes on November 20 the sin tax reform bill, marking the first time in 15 years that the measure made it out of committee level. Photo by Alex Nuevaespana, Senate PRIB

Senate agrees 'in principle' on P40-B sin tax revenues

Nov 19, 2012 - 8:38 PM

Senators agree in principle to raise P40 billion in revenues from tobacco alcoholic products

RH or sin tax? Senate forced to choose

Nov 19, 2012 - 3:53 PM

Senators are forced to tackle amendments to the RH bill instead of the sin tax bill which was widely anticipated to be approved Monday

(Senate file photo)

Rappler Newscast | November 16, 2012

Nov 16, 2012 - 8:50 PM

IMF chief Christine Lagarde says the Philippines is a success story in fiscal reforms President Aquino certifies the sin tax bill as urgent ensuring its passage as early as Monday Hamas militants fire rockets at Tel Aviv the first bombing of the city since 1991

Sin tax by Monday? Marcos doubts it

Nov 15, 2012 - 4:46 PM

Sen Marcos doubts the Senate will be able to pass the sin tax bill by the Nov 19 target

DOH supports Drilon's P40-B sin tax proposal

Nov 07, 2012 - 7:20 PM

Ona says P40 billion is the middle ground that industry players and government were looking for

Drilon’s ‘weight loss’ plan? Sin tax, budget by year-end

Nov 05, 2012 - 4:41 PM

Sen Franklin Drilon vows to push for the passage of the sin tax bill and 2013 budget before the year ends

‘Aquino phone calls needed for better sin tax bill’

Nov 04, 2012 - 11:43 PM

If the Palace wants the sin tax bill – and the version it desires – passed then President Benigno Aquino III must flex his political muscle well

Can health agencies absorb sin tax funds?

Oct 18, 2012 - 7:23 PM

The budget secretary is worried that government health agencies may not be able to absorb new funds from the proposed increases in sin taxes given that the 2013 national budget has already been approved

Palace: Let’s raise debate level on sin tax

Oct 18, 2012 - 5:15 PM

Malacañang denies resorting to name calling in the heated debate on the sin tax bill

Aquino won't settle for P15-B sin tax revenues

Oct 18, 2012 - 2:23 PM

I will be very disappointed if it stays at P15 billion President Aquino told Rappler s Lala Rimando in an exclusive sit down interview in Malacañang Palace on October 17

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during an interview with Rappler, October 17, 2012.

Aquino: Sin tax passed before polls

Oct 17, 2012 - 2:27 PM

President Aquino is confident the sin tax bill will be passed before the 2013 polls

Drilon takes over Recto post; sin tax report 'can stand'

Oct 16, 2012 - 3:42 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon says the committee report submitted by Recto to the plenary still stands and debates on the sin tax bill can start as planned Drilon says the bill can be passed between November and January

Recto quits committee chairmanship

Oct 15, 2012 - 4:17 PM

2nd UPDATE I am stepping aside and relinquish my position to a senator who can better fight for what the Department of Finance wants says the embattled Sen Ralph Recto

Why sin tax bill matters in meeting dev't goals

Oct 14, 2012 - 9:03 AM

Tobacco use endangers the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

House solons oppose Recto sin tax bill

Oct 13, 2012 - 7:49 PM

Congress vows to oppose Recto Sin Tax Bill and push its own version

Aquino asks Congress for 'solidarity' in sin tax reform

Oct 11, 2012 - 5:56 PM

The President says the ideal P60 B sin tax bill is vital to the implementation of the government s universal health care program

'Gobsmacked' Miriam rejects Recto tax bill

Oct 11, 2012 - 3:16 PM

Sen Santiago says the sin tax committee report surrenders to the tobacco and alcohol lobby

Recto: Senate version of sin tax bill 'reasonable'

Oct 11, 2012 - 1:54 PM

Recto says the bill the Senate ways and means committee approved is a reasonable realistic and responsible rendering of our power to tax the industry of alcohol and cigarettes

Anti-tobacco group demands Recto's resignation

Oct 10, 2012 - 9:53 PM

The Action for Economic Reforms says Recto defied the Aquino administration s reform agenda by endorsing a watered down version of the sin tax bill

Recto under fire for diluted sin tax bill

Oct 10, 2012 - 8:06 PM

Groups slam Sen Recto s watered down sin tax bill which reduces revenues meant for tobacco farmers and health care

Senate panel eyes lower sin tax revenue

Oct 10, 2012 - 8:59 AM

The target revenue is much lower than the P31 billion approved by the House of Representatives and the P60 billion that the Finance Department wanted

Lower sin tax, less health care for poor

Sep 30, 2012 - 1:53 PM

If lower taxes on tobacco and alcohol are adopted a large portion of the investment planned for the upgrade of public hospitals which cater primarily to the poor will not push through

Sin tax in Senate: Recto wants lower rates for tobacco?

Sep 20, 2012 - 7:18 PM

The Senate ways and means committee eyes to submit its report on sin tax for deliberation at the plenary by October What will the report contain?

Taxing tobacco: ‘Gov’t still earns if poor, youth buy less’

Sep 17, 2012 - 10:46 AM

Only the price sensitive segments of the population—the poor and the youth—will be discouraged by higher cigarette prices The rich will still buy the products

Higher cigarette taxes: A promise compromised?

Sep 15, 2012 - 2:39 PM

House Bill 5727 had sought to replace the 4 tiered system of taxing tobacco and alcohol with a unitary one but it was watered down

Half of Pinoy smokers likely to quit if sin taxes increase - survey

Sep 14, 2012 - 7:29 PM

23 of Filipino adults smoke regularly or at least weekly according to poll results released by the Laylo Research Strategies

'Revenues from sin tax bill to contain 2013 PH deficit'

Sep 07, 2012 - 12:44 PM

The World Bank warns the deficit may rise further if the global downturn worsens

Fighting cancer? Pass sin tax – DOH

Aug 27, 2012 - 5:30 PM

The health department says the sin tax is an anti cancer tax

Aquino to Congress: Pass sin tax bill

Jul 23, 2012 - 5:27 PM

Additional revenues from the bill will help fund the government s universal health care program says the President