June 14, 2004
Have mercy on the people!" said the archbishop
The text tax proposal in the Philippines - to narrow the budget deficit - is creating quite a stir.
Now religious leaders are imploring the government to forget the tax, reports The Philippine Star
"Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz, a former president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, implored the government to be more considerate of the "little" joys brought by "people texting one another, far and near."
"The peso does not appreciate and even text will be taxed? Have mercy on the people!" the archbishop said in a statement.
On Sunday Sen. Joker Arroyo voiced his strong opposition to the planned text levy, saying it would make one of the cheapest means of communication available for the poorest sectors of society less affordable."
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