By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo urged Filipinos to report drugstores that still sell medicines for diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension with 12-percent value-added tax.
Robredo, a former housing chief, said the public should ask for receipt and check them to ensure their purschases were VAT-free.
“Iyong awareness campaign natin, hikayatin natin iyong mga kababayan natin na bumibili ng kanilang mga maintenance medicines, tingnan maigi iyong resibo,” she said on her Sunday radio show.
(With our awareness campaign, let us encourage our countrymen who buy their maintenance medicines to take a good look at the receipt.)
“Siguraduhin nila na hindi sila pinapatungan ng tax ng VAT. Kasi kung pinapatungan nila, mas mabuti sigurong i-report para ma-correct natin,” the Vice President stressed.
(They should make sure that VAT is not imposed. Because if they were slapped with tax, it would be better they report it so we can correct them.)
Robredo made the call as the government started the implementation of the VAT exemption last January 1 on prescription drugs or medicines used to treat these three ailments as part of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law.
The provision that exempts these medicines from VAT is stated in Section 109 (AA) of the National Internal Revenue Code, as amended by Section 34 of Republic Act 10963 or TRAIN Law, signed by President Duterte on December 19, 2017.
But despite this, Robredo noted the prices of maintenance medicines for diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension remain unchanged in some drug stores.
“Marami ngayon napapansin dapat sana starting January 2019 bumaba na iyong presyo sa tatlong klaseng gamot na ito. Pero napapansin nila na may mga drugstores na pinapatong pa rin iyong VAT,” she said.
(Many have noticed that starting January 2019, the prices of these three medicines should have gone down. But they noticed that there are drugstores that still impose VAT on them.)