Bambam Aquino is confused about Duterte’s refusal to accept aid from EU

Bambam Aquino is confused about Duterte’s refusal to accept aid from EU

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Tang inang Bambam Aquino to, every time this fucking idiot opens his mouth the national IQ average of the country goes down.

His latest statement against the Duterte administration shows just how important it is for parents to teach their kids how to read. Or else you can become like Bambam Aquino.

For those who may not know what I’m talking about, I am referring to Aquino’s criticism of Duterte’s decision to refuse aid from the European Union.

According to Bambam, “The administration’s refusal to receive aid seems like a contradictory move to its proposal to raise taxes. If we are refusing aid because we are self-sufficient, why are we then planning to burden our countrymen with more taxes that might raise prices of goods even higher?”

Ok, so let’s take this one sentence at a time so that even this idiot can understand.

“The administration’s refusal to receive aid seems like a contradictory move to its proposal to raise taxes.”

In the first place, sino ba ang nagsabi sa yo na konektado yang dalawang yan? If you would only take the time to read, then you would understand that there is no relation between the refusal and the tax reform measures being proposed by the government.

The aid package was refused simply because it came with strings attached. Speaking on the matter, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano could not be any more clear, “Ang instructions ng Presidente, yung gusto tumulong nang kusa, libre sila. But yung may strings attached o kaya, ‘Eto yung aid, pero eto gawin niyo,’ lalo na pagdating sa campaign against drugs, napapakialaman o pinapatigil, eh ‘wag tanggapin.”

In a separate interview, Cayetano also revealed that some EU countries are even pressuring the Philippines to legalize abortion and drug use.

“They want abortion to be legalized here. That’s the condition of some countries like the Netherlands. They want to legalize the possession of drugs for personal use. How can that be accepted here, what will you do with money when you have so many addicts. Their demands are not in the grants, but we have to read between the lines,” he said.

So except in Aquino’s overly politicized mind, the decision to reject those aid packages had nothing to do with taxes, or tax reform, or anything else other than the President’s sincere desire to be free from foreign interference in the conduct of our own domestic affairs. Any self respecting government would have done the same. And the fact that Aquino does not seem to get it shows that the beggar mentality that Duterte wants Filipinos to get rid off, is strong in this boy. Bambam Aquino has been conditioned by decades of hand-outs to think that we cannot survive without help from foreigners. He is about to see otherwise.

“If we are refusing aid because we are self-sufficient, why are we then planning to burden our countrymen with more taxes that might raise prices of goods even higher?”

So just hindi mo pa din naintindihan – we are not refusing aid on the grounds of whether or not we are self-sufficient. We were doing so because we are Filipinos and our sovereignty is not for sale.

As to burdening the people with “more taxes,” maybe Aquino should revisit his own statements during the Philippine Tax Congress last September 2016 where he himself endorsed the need for tax reform. And even praised the Department of Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue for their initiative.

“Para po sa akin ‘yung (For me, the) personal income tax, it’s more than just a revenue measure, it’s actually for me a social justice measure because again, these brackets were created in 1997. And we’re very happy that there’s a lot of openness with the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and the DOF in terms of pushing for this reform package.”

Or maybe he can just talk to some of his more accomplished colleagues in the Senate, like Sonny Angara who has said that, “Economists and experts have all agreed that there is an urgent need to change the country’s current tax system given how outdated, unfair and uncompetitive it is. This long overdue reform is a perfect example of Duterte’s brand of ‘change is coming. If we want change, let’s support this proposed bill, which intends to give every Filipino families decent lives, not to enrich the government.”

And while we are on the subject of tax reform and how long overdue it is in this country, I would just like to point out that during his term, Bambam’s cousin Noynoy also adamantly opposed this measure. Even when everyone was telling him the country needed it. As it stands now, the bulk of salary workers have crept up to the higher brackets without even realizing it. This is because the tax brackets in place now were established in 1997, and have never been adjusted for inflation and other economic factors. This means that salary workers who should be paying less, now pay higher tax rates even though there has been no real increase in their income. This is notable particularly among teachers and soldiers. In 2001, about 65 percent of teachers were in income bracket 4. By 2013, only 21 percent remained in that bracket, while most had been shifted up to brackets 5 and 6, even higher. And this is what Bambam Aquino wants to keep in place.

But again, that has nothing to do with the EU aid package and President Duterte’s refusal to accept it. The whole issue is about being able to chart our own course and not having to beg other nations for their scraps. And if it means foregoing a few luxuries, then basing on the reaction we have seen on social media, that is a sacrifice that many Filipinos are willing to take.

I can’t wait for 2019 so we can finally get rid of this idiot.


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