MANILA, Philippines–Lawmakers have strongly criticized Philip Morris for allegedly using a meritless study to “deceive” the public and policy makers in a bid to regain control of the country’s multibillion-peso tobacco industry.
“We cannot rely on questionable studies used as references to fabricate scenarios about our local industries,” said Batangas 2nd District Rep. Raneo E. Abu, vice chair of the ways and means committee.
Deputy Speaker Sergio F. Apostol of Leyte’s 2nd District said “studies like this are meant to discredit the effectivity of the existing Sin Tax Law that has benefited the government and its health-reform programs.”
They cited as an example the “Asia-11 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2012” done by the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) and the United Kingdom-based Oxford Economics (OE) which claimed that the government was supposedly losing P15 billion in foregone revenues from illicit trade in the tobacco industry.
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