Press Release
August 13, 2010

Statement of Ralph Recto on SC TRO on VAT on toll

The TRO will give the government time to do some legislative archeology and search for a section in past VAT laws which clearly stipulates that such tax will be imposed on toll on road. Good luck on that expedition. In so far as the 2005 EVAT law is concerned, there is no line there which authorizes the collection of VAT from toll road users. You can only implement a tax if it's based on legislation, not on one agency's imagination. The river cannot rise above the source.

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