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THE public has been warned of the increase in prices of services and goods long before the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law was passed, Senator Franklin Drilon said Saturday.

This came as militant lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc are set to question the legality of the newly-implemented measure before the Supreme Court.

“On record lahat ay ating inilatag sa Senado sa records ng debate. Winarningan natin [ang publiko] na tataas ang presyo ng bilihin,” Drilon said.

Drilon pointed out that he had pushed for the higher tax rates on cosmetic surgeries as the poor would have to suffer from increase in gasoline prices.

The Senate minority leader said groups criticizing the new law are free to challenge the measure before the high court.

“This is a free country so pwede nila gawin yan,” he said.

In a news forum on Saturday, ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said the Makabayan bloc are preparing a petition against the Train Law before the SC next week, citing procedural and substantive issues that surround the measure.

Tinio said the law was ratified without a quorum on December 13. He also said that the bloc would raise before the court the regressive nature of the law, contrary to the Constitution’s prescription of a “progressive” taxation. —

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