Did sin tax bill cause Miriam's hypertension?

Posted at 10/16/12 12:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago asked Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III to read her interpellations and amendment papers on relevant bills that will be tackled at the Senate floor this afternoon since she is on emergency medication.

Santiago, who earlier “waged war” against the watered down version of the sin tax reform measure of Senator Ralph Recto, said she left Monday’s session early because her blood pressure shot up again to 170/90.

“Today, I consulted with my cardiologist, and I have taken emergency medication, but apparently there is not much that can be done.  I have been hypertensive for the past two weeks,” Santiago said.

Last week, Santiago called on students and social media netizens to wage war against Recto’s version of the sin tax bill.

“I am gobsmacked – speechless with amazement – at the committee report.  It bears no recognizable resemblance to my bill.  It is an abject surrender to the very rich and very powerful tobacco and alcohol lobby,” Santiago has said.

She called Recto’s committee version as a “death star bill.” Santiago earlier filed a bill that restructures taxes on cigarettes and alcohol for a revenue earning of P60 billion in the first year of implementation.

Recto on Monday afternoon filed his resignation as chief of the ways and means committee. He also withdrew his committee report on the sin tax measure.

The developments are expected to be tackled today.