Sin Tax Law - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Sin Tax Law


Duterte signs new taxes on alcohol, e-cigarettes into law

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:07 PM

(UPDATED) Beer will be roughly P35 more expensive once the new tax rates kick in

Students urge undecided senators to back proposed tobacco tax hike

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Students write letters to undecided senators, hoping to convince them to support the move to raise the levy on sin products, especially tobacco

GIVING A TRY. Students from different organizations write personal letters to the senators who have yet to decide on the tax reform bill to convince them to champion the increase of tobacco tax

DOH chief opposes bill on 2-tier cigarette tax

Jan 12, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says most of the members of the Duterte Cabinet support unitary taxation on cigarettes

UNITARY TAXATION. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial opposes House Bill 4144 which proposes a two-tier excise tax structure on cigarettes. Rappler screenshot

Health advocates: Pressure needed to stop 'weak' cigarette tax bill

Dec 20, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Those who oppose the proposed two tier excise tax structure on cigarettes urge Filipinos to rally behind a unitary tax rate of P40 by 2018

Drug rehab, RH budget, Zika, and other public health newsmakers in 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 8 issues in the public health sector that made headlines in 2016

House approves bill that removes uniform cigarette tax

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:04 PM

The House of Representatives passes the bill despite opposition from the Department of Finance

PASSED. The House of Representatives gives its nod to House Bill Number 4144 on December 13. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House okays 2-tier cigarette tax bill on 2nd reading

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:50 PM

House ways and means panel chair Dakila Cua says HB 4144 if passed into law would generate additional P14 billion in government revenue

ONE MORE STEP. HB 4144 hurdles its second reading at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOF: Bill imposing 2-tier tax on cigarettes won't benefit farmers

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:18 PM

The House committee on ways and means approves HB 4144 after only two committee deliberations

PASSED THE COMMITTEE LEVEL. The House ways and means committee approves HB Number 4144 on December 5.

DOH honors health champion Miriam Santiago

Sep 30, 2016 - 6:46 PM

The health department lauds the senator s contributions to crafting laws which served as basis for the foundation in establishing Universal Health Care

WISH GRANTED. RH advocates led by Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago and Pia Cayetano have been pushing for the RH bill to be certified as urgent. File photo by Ayee Macaraig

Marcos, Escudero, Honasan, 2 Senate bets 'anti-health'

May 05, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Health advocacy groups that lobbied for the passage of the sin tax law warn against top leaders who chose to favor the vested interests of a few over protecting public interest

AFTER SIN TAX LAW. Health advocacy groups call Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Ralph Recto, and Tito Sotto as 'anti-health' candidates

Ombudsman strictly implements smoking ban

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The Ombudsman will now police smokers in all its offices including those using e cigarettes

You can’t reduce poverty without a strong public health care system

Sep 05, 2015 - 8:00 PM

It’s time to demand of the next crop of leaders some degree of acknowledgement that the healthcare system needs all the attention it can get

Soft drink tax a ‘good health measure’ – IMF official

Jun 11, 2015 - 1:37 PM

An International Monetary Fund official likens the proposed measure to the sin tax law as it also has health benefits

Palace ready to face congressional inquiry on sin tax revenues

Nov 29, 2014 - 4:43 PM

The bulk of sin tax proceeds should help fund the country s universal healthcare program but many Filipinos are still not covered by it

From numbers to action, thanks to the National Nutrition Survey

Jul 01, 2014 - 2:36 PM

Behind every health program implemented is year long data gathering

INFOGRAPHIC: Imagining a world with no tobacco

May 31, 2014 - 8:25 PM

The fight against tobacco continues as the world celebrates World No Tobacco Day 2014 on Saturday May 31

SWS survey: Youth, poor smoking less

May 30, 2014 - 5:38 PM

The number of smokers from the poorest Filipinos drops from 38 in December 2012 to 25 in March 2014

SMOKING. Smokers among the poor and the young are decreasing.

Senators: Where is sin tax money going?

Jan 13, 2014 - 5:42 PM

Senators Cayetano and Marcos want Congress to review whether sin tax collections are helping tobacco farmers and health programs

A year of sin tax: More work ahead

Dec 21, 2013 - 10:41 PM

Even with an increase in excise taxes since the sin tax law was enacted the country s cigarette and tobacco prices are still among the lowest in the world

A year of sin tax: Too early to assess public health impact

Dec 20, 2013 - 4:34 PM

Revenues however is giving the DOH its highest budget increase in history: a 58 from P53 billion in 2013 to approximately P84 billion in 2014

GAMECHANGER. DOH Undersecretary Ted Herbosa (R), BIR Commissioner Kim Henares (C) and Rep Isidro Ungab during a forum on the sin tax law. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Mighty Tobacco probed for selling cheap cigarettes

Oct 29, 2013 - 5:35 AM

Local cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation is in hot water for selling cigarette sticks at P1 each way cheaper than competitors

Filipino-owned Mighty Tobacco sells its cigarettes for P1 per stick.

Smoking kills: Senators want to show you how

Jul 11, 2013 - 7:52 PM

Senators Pia Cayetano and Frank Drilon file bills mandating graphic health warnings on cigarette packs

'Team PNoy more unified on issues than UNA'

Apr 17, 2013 - 6:11 PM

FactCheck 2013 looks into the positions of candidates from both coalitions on 5 points on President Aquino s key agenda

Inflation picks up on higher tobacco, alcohol prices

Feb 05, 2013 - 9:10 AM

Inflation is up in January due to the implementation of the sin tax law which pushed up prices of tobacco and liquor products

AFP Photo

Court denies liquor makers' bid to stop sin tax law

Jan 17, 2013 - 5:41 PM

The Manila regional trial court says the petitioners have no clear right to be protected from the state s move to collect taxes

Daring greatly

Jan 03, 2013 - 11:17 AM

Much needed reforms need to ensure citizens’ empowerment through freedom of information the promotion of free and fair competition policy and the implementation of investment incentives

Higher booze, cigarette prices as sin tax law takes effect

Jan 01, 2013 - 1:48 PM

The new law on restructured sin taxes Republic Act No 10351 becomes effective today January 1

With IRR out next week, sin tax law to take effect January

Dec 23, 2012 - 10:06 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue will release the law s implementing rules and regulations next week

Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares

PH among top 20 'smoking' nations

Jun 26, 2012 - 6:54 PM

The number of female smokers in the Philippines is rising while male numbers have dropped but the country is still one of the world s heaviest smoking nations