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Solons seek taxes on sugar-sweetened soft drinks

MANILA – Two congressmen of the 17th Congress have re-filed a proposal to impose taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages to generate additional revenues for the government as well as promote public health and wellness.

Sultan Kudarat Rep. Horacio Suansing Jr. and Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing is proposing House Bill 292, which seeks to impose an excise tax of P10 on sugar-sweetened beverages per liter of volume capacity.

The proposed measure comes as President Rodrigo Duterte, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial and health organizations like the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) expressed support for taxes on sugared drinks and junk food.

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