More Tax less Projects?
It seems the Aquino government is greedy in collecting money from the Filipino mass and now want to tax the voluntary contributions of the self-employed worker and own- account workers like vendors, migrant workers and jeepney drivers in their SSS, GSIS, Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth account without giving back the collected funds to the public by building public infrastructures that will help the Filipino mass in reciprocation to what was taken away from their salaries or wages. For up until now, the Aquino administration have not show any proof of its own projects whose funds comes from the government revenues it has collected, especially funds collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).For some government projects that yields economic returns lately are the fruits of the hard work and investment of the past Arroyo administration wherein Noynoy have grab credits as its own projects of its administration. For the Aquino administration has been known to be under spending the government funds they have collected but spending it or disbursing it instead on something that doesn’t help and reciprocates the hard works of every Filipinos like giving funds to the enemies of the Republic (MILF and ABB) and setting up showbiz oriented concepts like setting up facebook account, own youtube channel and now own TV show (??)
Now, the Aquino government proposal to impose taxes on voluntary contributions to social security systems, health systems and related others through Memorandum Circular No. 53- 2011 issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue(BIR),stating that the voluntary contributions to the SSS, GSIS, Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth are subject to government tax have gain criticism from Congresswoman Luz Ilagan saying that to impose taxes on voluntary contributions is wrong because the so-called self-employed worker and own- account workers like vendors, migrant workers and jeepney drivers could barely manage to save for their retirement or for emergencies and imposing tax to their extra hard earned money will add more to their financial poverty and could contribute more to growing poverty rate in the Philippines.
“These are hard earned savings that come from working extra hours, taking more hazardous jobs and belt tightening by scrimping on the family budget. There is no way that the Philippine government can justify the taxes being imposed on the informal sector as it consistently cuts back on spending for social services,”..She said.
The congresswoman also cited the cuts on 2011 National Budget of the Aquino government for education, health and housing reflects Noynoy camp’s deprivation of government services especially to the poor Filipinos.