Consumer groups to conduct 1-M signature campaign against TRAIN law



Some consumer groups prostesting the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)

MANILA, Philippines — Various consumer groups called on the government to junk the current Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law of the Duterte administration.

The group will conduct a one million signature campaign in barangays nationwide with the aim of abolishing the TRAIN law.

According to Gabriela women’s party-list representative Emmi de Jesus, although there is no law that automatically repeals a certain law with just a million signatures, the campaign will push the solons to review the TRAIN law.

The barangays will validate the authenticity of the signatures.

“Hindi siya automatic nairerepeal kundi yung one million signatures magiging batayan namin para kalampagin ang Kongreso na ito na yung clamor ng mamamayan,” said the party-list representative.

(It will not automatically repeal, but the one million signatures will be our basis in calling the attention of Congress to the public’s clamor.)

“Mapapahiya ang mga legistrators natin kung ang ingay-ingay na, marami ang nagpirmahang mamamayan tapos di pa gagalaw ang legislators (It will put legislators to shame if they do not do anything despite the loud appeal and numerous signatures)” said De Jesus.

In line with this, the Makabayan bloc will file a bill to revisit the TRAIN law.

According to Makabayan bloc Representative Carlos Zarate, they already have a draft of the repeal of the TRAIN law and will file it next week.

“Ang amin namang gagawing panukalang batas, hindi naman naming buong buong ipapa-repeal ang TRAIN dahil admittedly, merong maliliit na benepisyong naibigay ito sa mamamayan (In our proposed bill, we are not completely repealing TRAIN because admittedly it does provide small benefits to the people),” said Zarate.

They want to abolish the excise tax causing electricity, petroleum and other products to increase prices.

“Makakatulong dito ang isang malakas na kampaniya lalong lalo na kung halimbawang may isang milyong nakalagda diyan (A strong campaign will help, especially if for instance there were a million signatures collected)” said the representative.

Malacañang, however, downplays the said move.

“Good luck Makabayan bloc on your proposed bill and it’s a free country, you can get even up to a billion signatures if you want to,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue


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