After much hullabaloo caused last week by many people across all genders and social classes (with a huge, awesome assist from Ellie Centeno) AKO BICOL Representative Rodel Batocabe, guy with the big idea in the first place, has decided to not pursue this line of legislation.
His office put out a press release today stating that they realized making makeup more expensive would affect a lot of people, even though the way they acknowledge it sounds kind of condescending. A win is a win, we suppose.
LOOK: “Vanity” tax bill binawi ni Rep. Batocabe pic.twitter.com/KuoUDnu6gv
— Roices Naguit (@RoicesNaguit) January 16, 2017
For anyone who didn’t know yet, the main reason why they wanted to impose another tax on beauty products was because they wanted to take the heat off gas prices. That’s certainly a noble cause, considering even more people are affected by the price of fuel, but shifting the blame on an even narrower set of people is never a smart idea.
Here’s the thing—if we’re so concerned about having money to make this country a better place, how about we focus less on people giving the government money and more on making sure the cash in the national coffers don’t go to corrupt politicians’ pockets? How about we make sure that taxpayers’ money isn’t used to fund online troll armies? We think everyone would be fine with their taxes if this place was made less of a hellhole thanks to our money, but nah.
At the very least, however, this whole thing proves that we can still complain loudly on the internet and get something done. While nothing beats marching on the streets for big issues, this was a nice victory. Now let’s hope we can do the same for the porn block (which, even though it supports a generally exploitative business, is still sneaky and unjustified censorship) and the president’s mad, raving threats of martial law.