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Consumers file new case against Train law

Laban Konsyumer Inc. on Tuesday filed a second motion to the Supreme Court against the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law.

“The continuing imposition and increases of the fuel excise taxes exacerbates the adverse effects to all consumers, more particularly to Filipinos from low-income and poor consumers, who hardly have the resources to pay the excise taxes as prescribed by the Train law and more so will pay more excise taxes in 2019 and 2020 but whose resources do not increase to be able to pay the higher taxes in 2019 and 2020,” the group said in the motion.

Laban Konsyumer president Victorio Dimagiba said the crippling burden to low-income and poor consumers caused by the contested provisions, and the implementation of second tranche in 2019 and the planned suspension of the excise taxes on fuel in January 2019 of the Train law should enable the Supreme Court sufficient basis to act now.

“Otherwise, the system of checks and balances, which is one of the founding principles of our system of government, will be put to naught in the guise of respecting “political” decisions and flip flopping by the economic managers, due to the flawed Train law,” Dimagiba said.