This started when Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe suggested to reconsider the excise tax implemented on fuel products because it’ll affect daily life. He also adds that the people who can afford cosmetics are those who have the capacity to spend.
“Tax revenues from the beauty industry, if properly collected has the capability of surpassing even the sin taxes collected from tobacco and alcohol,” Batocabe said in a statement.
Netizens took to Twitter to express their qualms about the proposed “vanity tax,” calling it unconstitutional and just another way to shame women.
Let’s be real here: NO ONE should be taxed with using something that makes them feel empowered, much more makeup. It is not a vice that you should fine people for nor is it a money-making venture just because you don’t want to pay extra tax for your fuel.