House to tax text messages

MANILA, Philippines – There is a consensus in the committee on ways and means of the House of Representatives to tax millions of senders of text messages, Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez said yesterday.

“It’s almost sure: They will go for the tax on text instead of increasing the tax rates on cigarettes and liquor,” he told The STAR.

“I think it’s unfair. If we have to text texters or text senders, we have to tax smokers and drinkers,” he said.

Suarez is the proponent of a five-centavo text tax and an increase in taxes on cigarettes and liquor, or the so-called sin products.

He is the congressman who admitted paying $15,000 for steaks and lobsters that President Arroyo and her large entourage enjoyed in Washington DC two weeks ago.

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