President Arroyo has lifted the tax on book importation, stating through a spokesperson that "Education holds the key to true progress and is the foundation of a strong and vibrant democracy," reports The Philippine Star. Malacañang ordered a review of the Department of Finance's imposition of a 5% tax on the importation of books nearly one month after Robin Henley's dispatch to mcsweeneys.net entitled "The Great Book Blockade" and after the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) expressed its concern. Read Spot.ph's report on the book tax issue with the timeline here.
Says Rep. Teodoro Locsin, Jr., who wrote the president to ask that she intervene: "None of the presidentiables would have done it. None of them would know a book if it was shoved down their throats. Illiterates all." Read more on Manuel Quezon III's blog.
At least we know The Palace is doing something besides watching the Haydencam videos.