By Junex Doronio
SILANG, Cavite — Citing massive unemployment due to the pandemic and the thriving of small businesses, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Monday appealed to the national government to delay the imposition of taxes on online sellers.
The governor noted that with the more than 45.5% or 27.3 million jobless people as the novel coronavirus ravaged the country, several professionals and middle class families have ventured into online selling to make both ends meet.
“Madami sa ating mga kababayan ang bumaba ang estado ng kabuhayan. Maraming nahihirapan ngunit marami din naman ang gumagawa ng paraan upang makaahon sa gutom at kahirapan. Mga dating piloto, guro, at iba’t ibang propesyonal na nawalan ng trabaho ay naghahanapbuhay ngayon sa pamamagitan ng online selling,” Remulla said emphatically on his Facebook post.
He appealed to the national government to delay the taxation on online selling as they barely make a profit.
“Let us give our small scale business owners a break from the burden of taxes at this very difficult time and fix the issues of corruption first,” Remulla stressed.
The governor added that instead of imposing taxes, the government should create programs, encourage and inspire people to shift to the new digital economy.
Remulla quoted Pope Francis: “Today everything comes under the laws of competition and survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: Without work, without possibilities, without means of escape.”