‘Social cost over revenues’: VP Leni says gov’t must provide institutional help for alcohol, gambling addicts, not just impose sin taxes
Stressing that it is the government’s obligation to protect the welfare of Filipino families, Vice President Leni Robredo said the state should provide institutional help and offer alternatives for alcohol and gambling addiction victims aside from merely imposing sin taxes.
At the the “Usapang Halalan 2022:The CBCP Election Forum” on Friday, March 25, 2022, the presidential candidate underscored the social cost of vices, saying there is a need for a clear policy to solve alcohol and gambling addiction among Filipinos.
“Dapat ‘yung pagdesisyon ng gobyerno tungkol sa mga bagay na nakakasira sa pagkatao, sa pamilya, hindi ‘yung revenues na pumapasok, pero ano ba ‘yung social cost nito?” she said, noting “no amount of revenue” could compensate for the lives destroyed by alcohol and gambling addiction.
“So ‘yung diskusyon na sinasabi na sayang kasi maraming pumapasok na revenues, hindi ko ‘yon binibili kasi kahit pa gaano kalaki ‘yung pumapasok na pera para sa atin, kung buhay ng Pilipino ‘yung nasisira, dapat mas konsiderasyon natin ‘yon,” Robredo added.
Under her leadership, Robredo said the state will create programs that will treat alcohol and gambling addicts and reintegrate them into their communities.
She further emphasized that once the government allows the use of alcohol and gambling in the society, it is obliged to protect Filipinos from addiction.
“Yung gobyerno, obligasyon niya na siguruhin na kung pinapayagan niya ‘yung pagbibili ng alcohol, kung pinapayagan niya ‘yung gambling, hindi siya makarating doon sa state na nakakasira na siya sa welfare ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino,” Robredo said. [End]