April 19, 2018, 7:38 pm
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Women score TRAIN, hold noise barrage

BANGING pots and pans, women trooped to welcome rotunda in Quezon City yesterday to mark International Women’s Day, protesting taxes on consumption under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

The protesters, coming from various urban poor communities and other member-groups of the Freedom from Debt Coalition, they said they are outside the tax net because of their low incomes and will not benefit from the TRAIN’s higher take-home pay of the upper middle classes.

“In effect, the poor will unfairly bear the brunt of TRAIN’s impacts through their consumption tax payments. This means that they will shell out a bigger share of their small incomes as compared to the higher-earning upper classes and the very rich,” said Manjette Lopez, one of the FDC’s vice presidents.

The group also echoed rising public concern that fuel price hikes caused by TRAIN are bound to push up prices of goods and services. The price of rice/kilo has already risen while sardine manufacturers are pressing for a price of up to P2 per can, it said.

Vice President Leni Robredo, meanwhile, paid tribute to Filipino women who made important contributions to the nation.

“There are so many of them, but let me give some names that your sons and your daughters should know. Gabriela Silang is an Ilocana warrior who took up arms after the death of her husband Diego Silang, and fought Spanish soldiers so well that they feared her name. Melchora Aquino, fondly called Tandang Sora, was a single mother who risked her and her children’s security to take care of Andres Bonifacio and other Katipuneros in 1896,” she noted.

“Teresa Magbanua is known as the Visayan Joan of Arc, who has the distinction of fighting not one, but three oppressors: the Spaniards, the Americans, and the Japanese,” she added. – Angela Lopez de Leon
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