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Hooray, Filipino netizens! Our #DontTaxMyBeauty campaign knocked some sense to AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batacobe, who said on Monday, January 16, that he will no longer push the proposed “vanity tax” bill due to negative reactions online.

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In an interview with PTV4, Batocabe said that he saw the comments of the netizens and if Filipinos don’t like it, he will not push it through with it, he said.

Eh kung ayaw ng taongbayan, dahil nga nakikita ko nga po ‘yung mga comment ng netizens. Sinasabi nila, ‘Bakit tina-tax mo ‘yung ano… #DontTaxMyBeauty.’ Sabi ko naman, kung talagang ayaw, eh ‘di wag na nating ituloy,” he said.

The lawmaker filed the “vanity tax” bill last January 11 to impose a 10- to 30-percent excise tax on beauty and cosmetic products and services. He insisted that those who want to be attractive and good-looking should pay for the cost because he said that this is a “luxury.”

Since then, netizens slammed the said proposal using the #DontTaxMyBeauty on different social media sites. They said that this proposal is anti-women and anti-poor and taxing these beauty products would also put several industries into financial strain.

Batocabe asked the public to not worry anymore as he will not be a hindrance for people to feel more beautiful.

Hindi natin susuportahan tutal nagsabi naman po si [Budget] Secretary Diokno, nung tinanong po siya, na may sapat pong pondo ang gobyerno. Hindi naman kailangan ang petrol [tax]. Kung ‘di naman kailangan ang petrol, ‘di naman namin ito ipu-push. Kaya ‘wag po kayong mag-alala. Hindi po natin aalisin ang inyong kaligayahan na maging maganda,” he added.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian also said in an interview with Manila Bulletin that the imposition of vanity tax would be discriminatory to women and not feasible enough compared to the proposed excise tax on petroleum.

Yayyy. Good job, netizens. Here is proof that our voices are important and it is going to be heard no matter what. Now, onto the next! Keep ~slaying~!

Photo: Fenwick.co.uk

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