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More protests aired against Duterte tax; Bicol youth to join

By Joey Natividad

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region – Bicol youth belonging to the progressive youth bloc, Anakbayan, are waiting for the “go” signal from their colleagues in Metro-Manila for synchronized nationwide mobilization as protests have snowballed over the adverse effects of the TRAIN law.

Anakbayan in Manila on Friday released a statement calling for more protest rallies.

Amid the incessant rise of prices of basic commodities and services, Anakbayan held a noise barrage and petition signing in Divisoria, Manila on May 25 in line with the Black Friday Protest to call for the stopping of the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, adding that the Duterte regime must be held accountable for burdening the Filipino people with the anti-poor program.

“Hirap na hirap ang ordinaryong Pilipino na pagkasyahin ang kakarampot na sahod sa gitna ng sunod-sunod na pagtaas ng presyo ng pagkain, langis at iba pang batayang produkto at serbisyo sa ilalim ng TRAIN Law. Ngayong darating na pasukan, nariyan ang taas-presyo sa school supplies, at maging ang nakaambang pagtaas ng pamasahe at matrikula na indirektang epekto ng tax reform. Sa gitna ng lahat ng ito, mababalitaan natin ang pagbulsa sa milyon-milyong pondong pinaghirapan ng taumbayan. Talaga namang pahirap at nakakagalit itong bulok na gobyerno ni Duterte. Makatarungan lamang na agarang ipatigil ang TRAIN Law at panagutin ang pahirap na rehimeng ito,” said Einstein Recedes, Anakbayan Secretary General.

Since the implementation of the TRAIN Law in January, Filipino consumers have been bearing the brunt of skyrocketing prices of sugar-sweetened beverages, rice, meat products and other basic goods. Prices of oil products such as diesel, kerosene, and gasoline have also consistently spiraled upward, with the big-time price hike last week triggering an uproar among driver and motorists.

Consequently, Recedes hit the Duterte regime for constantly downplaying the impact of the TRAIN Law on ordinary Filipinos, and challenged the president to address the issue once and for all, especially with the ongoing deliberations for the second package of the tax reform program.

“For all his ramblings and petty word wars, Duterte has never even dared speak about the atrocious TRAIN Law and have let Diokno, Pernia, and his other neoliberal economic advisers justify the law and belittle its adverse effects on ordinary Filipino consumers. It is high time that the president faces the wrath of the Filipino people,” the youth leader stressed.

Citing government data and statistics from IBON Foundation research, he underscored that aside from burdening the poor with incessant price hikes, TRAIN Law also enables the rich to enjoy even higher take-home pays and other tax incentives.

He also noted that the TRAIN Law serves the interests of local oligarchs and foreign capitalists that will benefit from the Duterte regime’s ambitious billion-peso infrastructure projects under the “Build Build Build” scheme. Moreover, Recedes said that the increased revenue coming from higher taxes can be channeled to fund the government’s fascist campaigns such as the Oplan Tokhang.

“Sa gitna ng walang patid na pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin at pagtaas ng bilang ng mga biktima ng pasista at pahirap na patakaran ng rehimeng Duterte, mayroong kinakailangang bumaba – at ito ay walang iba kundi si Duterte mula sa kanyang pwesto,” Recedes said.

“As the regime continues to stoke the anger of the masses for his anti-poor policies and dictatorial ambition, it can expect more frequent and bigger mobilizations as the broader sector of the society unite to fight not only against the multitude of issues hounding the Filipino people, but against his looming fascist dictatorship that will allow further oppression and exploitation,” he said. []

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