For safe schools reopening, youths demand Marcoses to pay P203B tax

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Filipino youths and students push for a safe reopening of schools at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). (Source: Anakbayan PUP)
Filipino youths and students push for a safe reopening of schools at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). (Source: Anakbayan PUP)

Kabataan Party-list said that the unpaid estate taxes of the Marcos clan can pay for "Ligtas Na Balik Eskwela" (safe reopening of schools).

According to the Safe Schools Reopening Bill that they authored, the fast-tracking of the safe reopening of schools would cost the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Department of Health (DOH) a total of P184.49 million.

Now with the P203 ($3.8) billion unpaid estate tax, the group now demands the Marcoses pay their dues to the government immediately.

"The P203 billion unpaid Marcos estate tax is more than enough to provide for the 184 billion pesos needed to ensure retrofitted campus facilities, health services and personnel among other requisites to safely open schools for physical learning amid pandemic," Kabataan Party-list National President Raoul Manuel.

Manuel highlighted how the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte prioritizes “red-tagging” over the youth’s education.

"Matatapos na lang ang termino ni Pangulong Duterte, di pa rin ligtas na makakabalik ang karamihan ng mga estudyante sa paaralan. Inuuna pa niya ang redtagging at pagtanggol sa pamilya Marcos. Singilin na ang utang nila sa bayan!" he said.

(President Duterte’s term is already coming to an end, yet most students have yet to safely return to their schools. They are prioritizing red-tagging and defending the Marcos clan. It is time for them to pay their dues!)

According to a report by ABS-CBN, the P203 billion uncollected estate tax may also be used to finance projects of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), such as 11 international airports or at least eight expressways as long as the NLEX-SLEX connector road.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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