DOH hopes for a 'more meaningful' sin tax with Recto's resignation

October 15, 2012 10:32 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 15 — The Department of Health (DOH) said Monday it had “mixed feelings” on the resignation of Sen. Ralph Recto as head of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

“It’s a mixed feeling. Sad that he has to resign with heavy heart, happy that he will not be bothered by civil society,” said Dr. Anthony Leachon, DOH consultant for non-communicable diseases.

Leachon said with a new committee chair, there will be a more “meaningful” sin tax bill that will be beneficial to the Filipino people.

In a privilege speech Monday, Recto resigned from the committee amid strong criticism from anti-tobacco advocates.

Recto had been assailed over his “watered down” version of the tax measure.

During the speech, he lashed back at his critics particularly DOH and the Bureau of Internal Revenues. (PNA)

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