Congress sorting out 'issues' on tobacco sin tax bill

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2019 03:48 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2019 04:00 PM

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MANILA – Members of the House of Representatives are sorting out "issues" on the proposed tobacco sin tax increase after some northern Luzon congressmen questioned the measure's revenue-sharing scheme, a lawmaker said Tuesday. 

Lawmakers are discussing how much of the collections will go to local governments, said the chairperson of the House Committee on Health, Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan.

“I think there are some issues that are being sorted out by few members of the Congress. I was told [it was] on the cap on the LGU earmarking for the sin tax but I’m not aware of the details,” she told ANC.

The sin tax bill will be reverted back to the plenary debate, amended and passed before it can be transmitted to the lower house for adoption and ratification, said Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri. Similar debates on tobacco taxes are ongoing in the Senate.

The “amended version” of the sin tax bill will be adopted by the House, said Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

-- with a report from Sherrie Ann Torres and RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News