Proposal to further tax text messaging gets poor reception

Senator Francis Escudero on Tuesday criticized a proposed increase in the tax on text messages and International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde for even suggesting it.

Senator Francis Escudero on Monday criticized a proposed increase in the tax on text messages and International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde for even suggesting it.

 

"I strongly oppose this foreign meddling and even the idea behind it. Ms. Lagarde is better off  making suggestions to her fellow Europeans who can perhaps learn a thing or two from us," Escudero said in a press statement. He added the suggestion was "skewed" because the government could tax luxury goods instead.

 

Leftist youth group Anakbayan also criticized the proposal, calling it insensitive since wages for many in the Philippines remain low.  "Lagarde knows nothing about the plight of poor Filipinos and should shut-up," Anakbayan chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said in a press statement.

 

Lagarde visited Manila last week. A Manila Bulletin report quotes her as saying the large number of mobile phone subscribers "clearly satisfies one of the two criteria for what we call a good taxation... a very broad base." She made clear, however, that the decision on what taxes to impose is up to the Philippine government.

 


 

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