I am the type of person who rarely comment on topics related to politics and religion. I do this for privacy and as a sign of respect to those who may not have the same beliefs or preferences as mine.
Being a beauty blogger, I feel that I need to express myself on this Vanity Tax issue- to raise awareness and to connect with the beauty community.
Like all of you, I got really annoyed and offended when I initially heard about the proposed bill. But after reading more articles and speaking with people who are knowledgeable with law-making, I can say that it is not a thing we should really worry about.
Disclaimer: Don’t bash me please. I am no expert in politics or law. This is just an expression of thoughts based on the current issue.
Fame Who**. You know, they draft all these bills and they try so hard to gain attention from the public. I guess, they did successfully now. But the process will not be that easy, there are a lot of other bills pending to be reviewed and approved. If this is not trashed right away, I hope it gets on the back line of the queue and be forgotten forever.
More tax means lesser market. Yes, beauty industry is booming right now, but it is not a guarantee that it will remain the same once the Vanity Tax is implemented. Not all beauty consumers are filthy rich! Like me, I only have a certain budget for my monthly purchases. Worst case scenario- brands will exit the Philippine market. Result? The bill will be just a blow and will not compensate the tax on fuels. Such a waste of time and resources for the government! I hope they that they will think about how it will affect people in the long run.
We find ways. Haven’t they thought about how resourceful a Filipino is? We can always resort to buying things abroad or ordering online.
Why I find it Offensive?
Discrimination. A clear representation of how people nowadays still adapt this kind of attitude towards women. I hope Mr. Batocabe and all the men behind this idea does not treat the women in her family in such a degrading way.
Raw Reasons. Like any other consumable products, price categories differ. They are brands specially created to be affordable and within reach of women in budget. They can’t be called luxury. Don’t ever use this as an excuse as to why cosmetics are to be taxed. Cosmetics are required to be used in most jobs for women. Some work as makeup artists and beauticians. It is so clear that they haven’t researched about beauty industry to start with. Again, very raw and not feasible.
Our Current Government Situation. Now here’s the part where we are going to question the lawmakers’ abilities nowadays. To put women down and to be such a show for putting publicity act like this is not really impressive. Don’t find ways to cover up what needs to be resolved. Find a sustainable solution to the fuel tax like what you are expected to do.
This Vanity Tax is such a stupid idea. It targets women in majority and we need to stand up and be heard. Share this if you care!