You know that gnawing feeling when some meat is stuck between your incisors and you couldn’t get it out? That’s exactly what it is like when I learn about this proposal to tax sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) such as Coca-Cola, juices and the like.
Who wouldn’t get riled up when Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing, the primary proponent of the SSB tax said that —
— that the SSB Tax is another way of providing additional revenue collections for our country…
And what now of the other revenues of the country that some departments in the government cannot account for? Will this offset their shortcomings?
… and viewed only as a preventive measure meant to dissuade the consumption of high-sugar beverages…
So — why stop at beverages? If such drinks are unhealthy, why not tax junk food, too?
….and motivate industry players —-
Majority are sari-sari store owners who depend on this livelihood. Millions of Filipinos will be affected.
Higher costs = lesser sales.
…. to replace them with healthier product alternatives…
I wonder how it’ll look like on sari-sari stores’ shelves when they stock, say, cartons of barley grass powder smoothies and bottles of say, infused water with chia seeds.
Now why couldn’t they impose a fairer and more reasonable excise tax on consumer products – by products not just beverages – as a whole. I am all for healthy chuva choo choo ek eklavoosh but beverages are not the only thing we consume. For all we know, someone out there is dying from eating canola oil from his tempura.
View the complete proposed bill here.