‘Sin’ tax collections hit P269B in 2019

Ben O. de Vera - Philippine Daily Inquirer 02/01/2020

Collections from so-called sin products, including sugary drinks, totaled P269.1 billion in 2019 amid higher excise tax rates slapped on their consumption, Department of Finance (DOF) data showed. Based on preliminary figures from the DOF’s strategy, economics…

Duterte bans use, importation of e-cigarettes

Nestor Corrales 11/20/2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, announced the banning of e-cigarettes in the country. Duterte said he would “ban the use and importation” of vaping or e-cigarettes. “Vaping is also dangerous, I…

Cebu vendors on tobacco sin tax hike: If demand is there, then we’ll still sell cigarettes

and Raul Constantine Tabanao 07/26/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — As long as there’s a demand, we will continue to sell cigarettes. These were the common answers of the Cebuano vendors despite the upcoming sharp increase of the cigarette prices in the country.…

DepEd: Higher tobacco tax to make cigarettes less available to youth

Inquirer.net 02/07/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has expressed support to the proposal to impose a higher tax on tobacco products, saying it would make cigarettes “less available and affordable” to the youth. “Significant increase in…

Jail officer who killed man for sneaking in cigarettes relieved from post

Nestle Semilla, Rosalie O. Abatayo 06/06/2018

The Director of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Central Visayas (BJMP-7) relieved the jail officer who shot two men for sneaking in cigarettes inside the jail facility on Tuesday, June 5. Police Chief Supt.…

CIGARETTES FOR A MAN’S LIFE

Benjie B. Talisic 06/05/2018

A young man died after he was shot by guard for sneaking in cigarettes inside city jail Just two weeks ago, he was apprehended by jail officers for allegedly trying to sneak in packs of cigarettes into…

CPDRC raid nets cellphones, cigarettes but lesser drugs

Jessa Mae O. Sotto and Benjie Talisic 04/27/2018

Despite the number of contraband items seized inside the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) during Friday morning’s greyhound operation, police assured illegal drug activity inside the jail facility has been decreasing. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency…

OFW in Kuwait tortured, burned with cigarettes by employer

Inquirer.net 03/13/2018

AN ALMOST incomprehensible Bretchielyn Magsayo faced the camera to relay her story of abuse in the brutal hands of her employer in Kuwait, and her desperate pleas to be rescued. In a harrowing Facebook video by a…

Attempt to sneak in drugs, cigarettes inside Cebu City Jail foiled; 2 women nabbed, minor rescued

Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Benjie B. Talisic 11/18/2017

Two women-visitors were arrested by jail officers on Saturday for allegedly trying to sneak in contraband at the Cebu City Jail. Marlyn Estorgio, 20, was caught hiding in her genitals two heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets believed to…

Shabu found in cigarettes at juvenile detention facility

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 09/18/2017

  Two small sachets of shabu were found hidden in one of several packs of cigarettes that were supposed to be thrown into the Cebu City jail at 3 pm last Saturday. Police caught a certain Rimer…

Retailers pull Mighty cigarettes off shelves

Inquirer.net 05/13/2017

For fear of being caught selling cigarettes in packs with fake tax stamps, a number of retailers have pulled Mighty Corp.’s products off their shelves. In a statement, the Philippine Amalgamated Supermarket Association, Inc. (Pagasa), a group…

Three traders indicted for selling fake cigarettes

Ador Vincent S. Mayol 03/10/2015

Three traders are facing trial for allegedly selling fake cigarettes worth P122,000 in Cebu City. In a press conference yesterday, NBI 7 Director Ricardo Diaz said they arrested the suspects after receiving  the complaint of representatives from…

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