Teachers laud Angara bill, call for tax reform
Amidst their call for a P10, 000 increase in the salaries of teachers and education employees, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) call lauds Sen. Sonny Angara in his firm stand on the issue of tax reform and calls on Malacanang to consider the proposal aiming to lower the income taxes of ordinary workers and employees.
“The president should review his statement and make amends. A reformed tax system, especially for individuals would mean a more efficient collection that would improve the state fund. Those who gain more income should pay more.” Said Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and the group’s chairperson.
Basas is reacting to the recent statement of President Aquino opposing the tax reform bill that Angara has been pushing in Congress. The bill seeks to amend the existing tax law which according to him is outdated and unfair and needs to be updated ‘for social justice and equity’ to make the ‘working and middle class, ensure upward mobility, and enable them to comfortably provide for their families and their future.’
The president however said that reforming the tax system may not be a good idea for it may have ill effects to the economy. Basas agree with Angara by saying that ‘Spending capacity on the part of the workers and employees would yield better result for the entire economy. After all, workers and employees are the ones who ensure that government money is sufficient enough to fund the state’s daily operation. It is only fair for us to have a break.”
Basas continued, “Some sectors of the society, including the big businessmen and crook government officials are wasting our hard-earned money which is supposed to use for social services.” Basas explained. “Once and for all, the system of taxation should be revised to collect more from the rich.”
The TDC supports Senate Bill 2149 filed by Sen. Sonny Angara as well as several legislative proposals intended to grant tax exemptions or reduction for teachers and other employees and call for a stricter BIR campaign not only in paid ads but more importantly in penalizing tax evaders and government crooks.
“We believe that the president in his last year in office would want to leave a lasting legacy by approving this tax reform measure that would benefit the ordinary worker.” Basas ended.
Benjo Basas, 0920-5740241/ 0949-7444499
September 16, 2015
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