Youth group assails plan to tax text

YOUTH group Anakbayan today assailed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief’s suggestion to impose a new tax on text, saying a “texters’ revolt” will erupt if Congress pursues the plan.

Anakbayan chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said the planned tax on text has already been junked in 2008 for being “unjust, oppressive and anti-people” and should not be revived.

“The tax on text has been killed by the people several years ago. It will be a zombie bill if the congress revives it,”  he said.

Crisostomo also hit IMF chief Christine Lagarde for bringing up the measure.

“Lagarde knows nothing about the plight of poor Filipinos and should shut-up. If she hasn’t left yet, she should be made to leave the country immediately. Hers and her bankrupt institution’s stupid suggestions are not welcome,” said Crisostomo.

He said the plan to tax text is sure to hike the cost of communications for the ordinary Filipinos.

“This plan is insensitive to the plight of the poor Filipinos whose wages have not increased. In fact, texting is already being taxed via VAT. Overseas communications are also being taxed presently. Texting is already a public utility and should be affordable to most,” he said.

Crisostomo said the Aquino government should stop imposing additional taxes and instead slash the president’s pork barrel.

“Why is the government seemingly hell bent on imposing new taxes? Meanwhile, it is cutting budget for social services. Pero para sa KKK, may pera. Sa tuwid na daan, mukhang lahat ng bagay itatax,” he said.

Anakbayan said a “texters’ revolt” will erupt if the government pursues plans to impose the text tax.

“We will ‘text blast’ these people who want to tax us. Let our ‘general message’ be made clear: no tax on text,” Crisostomo said.

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