- Written by Fernan J. Angeles
- Saturday, 04 August 2012
In a news feed emailed to Palace reporters, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the administration was bent on ensuring sustainability and security of food supplies across the country but no mention was made of helping the tobacco planters, whom the government claimed would not be affected with the passage of the sin tax reform bill.
Thousands of farmers from the tobacco growing provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Occidental Mindoro, Misamis Oriental, Tarlac and Nueva Vizcaya are expected to be the first casualty of the Palace-backed sin tax reform measure amid the imminent closure of the Associated Anglo-American Tobacco Corp. (AAATC), which buys significant locally grown tobacco yields in the manufacture and sale of low-priced cigarette brands..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune