Sen. Ralph Recto resigns as chairman of Senate committee after getting flak for his sin tax stance

Marvin Sy of The Philippine Star reports that Senator Ralph Recto has decided to give up his chairmanship of the committee on ways and means.

Marvin Sy of The Philippine Star reports that Senator Ralph Recto has decided to give up his chairmanship of the committee on ways and means. The report noted: "With his irrevocable resignation, Recto also announced the withdrawal of his committee report on the sin tax measure." The report explained that Recto’s resignation comes in the wake of "harsh criticism from various groups, including members of the executive branch, about his recommendations on the sin tax bill." At some point, Recto was accused of championing cigarette manufacturers.


The report quoted Recto, who said, "Under such a situation, then my only recourse is to irrevocably resign the chairmanship of the committee. Because whatever I do, I will be criticized. Because I am now seen as an obstruction and viewed with suspicion, then I have to take myself out of the equation. I am stepping aside and relinquishing my position to a senator who can better fight for what the Department of Finance wants."

The report explained: "The main issue brought up against Recto was the projected revenues under his version, which was pegged between ₱15 billion to ₱20 billion, down from the ₱60 billion under the DOF proposal and the ₱31 billion expected from the version of the House of Representatives."

 

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