Several netizens challenged President Bongbong Marcos to do his part in raising the government’s tax collections just as he announced the plan to tax online transactions and digital services to collect P11.7 billion yearly.
While there’s much agreement on most of Marcos’ priority areas, Filipinos are divided on the topic of digital tax — especially online sellers who have now made it their source of livelihood.
“11 Billion Pesos is such a miniscule amount compared to tax due from him alone,” Facebook user Bob Mahadali said. “Such tax or any other new tax impositions may not be necessary if only he would pay the 203 Billion Pesos he owes in estate taxes for being the administrator of his father’s wealth. Tsk tsk.”
They are referring to the tax liabilities of Marcos Jr and his family as heirs of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., who passed on his wealth in the billions of pesos when he died. Bulk of the amount are said to be stolen and ill-gotten wealth from public coffers.
Others have different complaints about tax payments.