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Palace agrees with vice presidential bet Leni Robredo on need for tax reform

MALACANANG, Philippines – A Palace official on Wednesday said the government agrees with Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo on the need to reform the taxation law.
“There is no debate that we need to do tax reform. There is no debate on that. Everybody is in favor of tax reform,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during a press briefing in Malacañang.
Secretary Lacierda was responding to a question on whether President Benigno S. Aquino III was aware that Robredo has joined the clamor for tax reform.
The Camarines Sur representative said during a cable news interview that she is in favor of tax reform.
Lacierda noted that that the latest tax reform law was done in 1997.
“Certainly we need to do a tax reform. What is the position of government? The position of government is: ‘Let us do a comprehensive tax reform.’ There is no debate that we need to reform the Tax Reform Act,” he said, pointing out that even Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima is pushing for a comprehensive tax reform.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.