Imbes na online sellers, singilin muna ang mga POGO: Hontiveros

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“Bakit ba ang luwag natin sa POGO pero ang lupit natin sa mga Pilipino?” Senator Risa Hontiveros wrote in a Facebook post June 11.

This is after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) released a circular giving “due notice to all persons doing business and earning income in any manner or form, specifically those who are into digital transactions through the use of any electronic platforms and media, and other digital means, to ensure that their businesses are registered pursuant to the provisions of Section 236 of the Tax Code, as amended, and that they are tax compliant.”

“Imbes na online sellers, baka pwedeng singilin muna ang mga POGO na may 50 billion pesos in unpaid taxes? Hindi yung dagdag-perwisyo pa sa sarili nating mga kababayan na kaunti na nga lang ang kita para pandagdag-gastos sa pamilya nila,” Senator Hontiveros said.

“Kahit na may 50B pesos unpaid taxes ang mga POGO, kahit na di essential, pinayagan pa rin silang mag-operate sa ilalim ng ECQ. Mayroon din silang mass testing pero tayo wala,” she added. “Pwede bang kapakanan ng mga Pinoy muna?”