Oktubre 15 ang target ng pamahalaan na unang araw kung saan ipatutupad ang expanded value added tax (E-VAT) sa oras na ipalabas ng Korte Suprema ngayong linggo ang desisyon nito hinggil sa kontrobersyal na tax law.
Ayon kay Finance Secretary Margarito Teves, agad nilang ipatutupad ang EVAT dahil na rin sa matagal na itong na-delay. Hindi na rin umano kailangan na rebyuhin ang implementing rules and guidelines nito dahil makailang beses na itong napag-aralan at natalakay bago pa man naipasa at maging batas noong buwan ng Hulyo.
Ipinaliwanag ni Teves na hindi na kailangan pa na hintayin ng pamahalaan ang 15-day publication period na requirement bago pa man magpatupad ng isang batas.
Ayon sa SC spokesperson na si Ismael Khan, bukas inaasahang ipalabas ang desisyon ng mga mahistrado sa E-VAT.
Ang hirap na ng buhay, tapos dadagdagan pa ng E-VAT?!? But you know what? People would be less upset kung yung bagong buwis na nakokolekta ng gobierno ay nagagamit sa tamang paraan.
PERO HINDI EH.
Ang masama pa nito is that sinasayang na admin ang pera ng taongbayan on wasteful, extravagant spending -- mainly for Arroyo's own political survival and to help distract the public from GLORIAGATE. Things like:
1) "Cash rewards" at junkets para sa mga pagpatay ng impeachment at "palakpak boys" niya.
More here on our tongressmen cashing in.
Road User's tax money being used to kill impeachment
2) GMA's P1 Billion "intelligence funds" being used to spy on her political opponents
3) the so-called "pro-arroyo" rally where pro-Arroyo allies used gov't funds for the "hakot crowd" operation. Lot's of our tax money wasted there.
More on hakot operations here.
4) Arroyo's hiring of pricy foreign cha-cha consultants during hard times
More on the VENABLE lobby deal here.
5) On GMA's presidential Pork Barrel which is the largest in Phil. history
GMA has established another record — the largest presidential “pork barrel” in history. Grand total — more than P80 billion, yes P80 billion, not P8 billion. Here's the breakdown: P46.8 billion healing of Edsa I, II and III funds; () P5 billion Kilos Asenso Fund, P3 billion Kalayaan Barangay Program Fund; P3 billion Calamity Fund; P2 billion Contingent Fund; P650 million Malacañang Intelligence Fund; P1.2 billion Pagcor Social Fund; P500 million Pagcor Intelligence Fund; P3 billion PCSO Charity and Lotto funds; P15 billion DPWH projects fund; P5 billion road users' tax fund and P500 million Meco fund.
All of the above are lump sum funds disbursed upon approval or directive by GMA, with complete discretion as to the amount to be paid and as to the beneficiaries or recipients.
There's more. Click on the link and read the whole thing. More on the GMA's Pork here, here, and here.
6) Taxpayers paying for ritzy ways of Gloria envoys
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is splurging taxpayers' money on diplomats assigned in six countries at a time the Philippines is suffering from a financial crunch.
The government is spending almost P50 million a year for what Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla yesterday called as Malacañang's apparently preferential treatment of seven Filipino diplomats posted in the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and South Korea.
Remulla, during a budget hearing yesterday, hit at the DFA for spending too much money for housing the diplomats, specifically the case of Philippine consul general to the United States Cecille Rebong.
Rebong is residing at the posh Trump Towers in New York City, which is just across the United Nations, and Manila is spending $10,000 or almost P600,000 a month for that luxurious address.
7) And of course, yung paggamit ng pera ng gobyerno para sa 2004 Cheating campaign ni Arroyo.
- Neal Cruz: EVAT bad idea, especially during difficult times