As feared by many. The next tranches of excise taxes on fuel products in lieu with the implementation of TRAIN Law spearheaded and supported by Duterte himself are now in full swing this month. Not without the constant reminder and data forecast presented by many experts warning the government that should world oil prices climbed up sometime this year then it will ramp up the inflation rate again to uncontrollable levels — affecting the lives of ordianry Filipino people. Especially those who were not receiving any benefits from TRAIN Law’s tax-exemptions simply because their income is just right or below minimum wage.

Duterte : Mamatay kayo sa gutom. Wala akong paki!

We’ve already heard many of Duterte’s insensitive speeches which conveyed his truest convictions in the plight of his country-men. Whether he’s out there performing his oratorical speeches of murdering and raping people. He’s also throwing his iron fist around by jailing his critics including credible media organizations like Rappler for a non-sensical tax-evasion case. We also have his well-oiled black propaganda machinery creating false stories against Robredo, De Lima and Trillanes or anyone who dared criticized or exposed many of his corrupt and intolerable crimes against the people.

60% of Filipino households loses their income because of TRAIN

According to IBON Foundation. Though inflation eased last December to 5.1% but still the poorest half of the population still saw their real income erode by anywhere from Php3,300 to Php7,300 due to the high inflation throughout 2018. And will certain worsen this 2019 as the latest oil price hike is expected to be in full effect. Rising prices always spell more difficulty for the poor especially amid low or even stagnant incomes or those who could even barely earn enough for their families.

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The following oil companies have announced hefty fuel price adjustment beginning this month due to a spike of oil prices in the world market and the implementation of TRAIN Law excise taxes

Shell:

Gasoline: +₱1.40/liter

Diesel: +₱2.30/liter

Kerosene: +₱2/liter

Petron:

Gasoline: +₱1.40/liter

Diesel: +₱2.30/liter

Kerosene: +₱2/liter

PTT Philippines:

Gasoline: +₱1.40/liter

Diesel: +₱2.30/liter

Petro Gazz:

Gasoline: +₱1.40/liter

Diesel: +₱2.30/liter

SEAOIL:

Gasoline: +₱1.40/liter

Diesel: +₱2.30/liter

Kerosene: +₱2/liter

Jetti Petroleum Inc.:

Gasoline: +₱1.40/liter

Diesel: +₱2.30/liter

Phoenix Petroleum:

Gasoline: +₱1.40/liter

Diesel: +₱2.30/liter

Flying V:

Gasoline: +₱1.40/liter

Diesel: +₱2.30/liter

Kerosene: +₱2/liter

Duterte overtaxed the people to feed for his well-protected plunderers?

We all know that Duterte has been mum and silent about the dozens of high-profile plunderers convicted by the courts despite glaring evidence of their misbehavior. And what is worst is that Duterte even endorsed them for their re-election bid.

His latest attack against the Commission on Audit only proves that Duterte is losing control of his crocodiles despite his strong iron-hand stance against corruption. Still he threatened to kidnap COA officials who dare displease him for simply doing their job ensuring that funds from the government were spent wisely for their intended purpose and not straight into someone’s bank account.

Where we are headed in the next couple of months leading up to the May elections is really so dark and grim. We don’t even know if there would even be an election in the first place as Arroyo’s CHA-CHA creeps into the Senate and that we may even be surprised if that actually goes through. A likely scenario would be that once CHA-CHA had been approved and SC ruled to allow the House of Representatives in a separate vote from the Senate then its highly likely that there will not be any elections. Thus dampening our electoral powers and a chance for us to outvote Duterte’s puppets and increase the opposition’s influence in the Congress.

I hope and I pray that our brothers and sisters can get through all of this unnecessary hardships that Duterte imposed on us.

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