Press Release
June 19, 2018

Tulong, di kulong, para sa mahihirap nating kababayan

Krimen na ba maging mahirap ngayon?

Senator Bam Aquino posed this question as he criticized the government's campaign against so-called "tambays", which is mostly conducted in poor communities.

While acknowledging the need for crime prevention efforts, Sen. Bam insisted that it should be implemented without infringing on the rights of Filipinos, especially those in poor communities.

"Halos lahat ng mga naaresto ay mga mahirap at ang mga operasyon ay ginagawa sa mahihirap na komunidad," said Sen. Bam. "Anti-poor ang ginagawa nilang ito."

"Nalulunod na nga sila sa taas ng presyo, tapos ngayon ikukulong pa sa halip na tulungan," added Sen. Bam, referring to the burden of high prices brought by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

"Tulong po, hindi kulong ang kailangan ng mga mahihirap nating kababayan," said Sen. Bam as he his call for the full implementation of mitigating measures under the TRAIN Law, such as the unconditional cash transfer program for poor families and the Pantawid Pasada for jeepney operators and drivers.

Sen. Bam is one of four senators who voted against the ratification of the TRAIN Law. Sen. Bam rejected it due to the government's failure to immediately implement the unconditional cash transfer program and the Pantawid Pasada program.

As part of his effort to alleviate the burden of high prices of goods and services, Sen. Bam has filed a measure that aims to roll back of TRAIN's excise tax on fuel when average inflation rate surpasses the annual inflation target over a three-month period.

In addition, Sen. Bam also renewed his call for the full implementation of the unconditional cash transfer program, which will help alleviate the increase in high prices of goods and services caused by the TRAIN Law.

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