Away na! DOF, PEZA in word war as fate of TRAIN 2 hangs
These agencies are now at loggerheads.
The Department of Finance (DOF) lashed back against Charito Plaza, director general of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), as she took a turn and is now lobbying against the passage of package 2 of tax reform.
In a statement, DOF Spokesperson Tony Lambino demanded PEZA to explain why it is suddenly making an “eleventh-hour appeal” to President Rodrigo Duterte over the long-standing proposal to revamp the tax incentives scheme.
“PEZA (Director General Charito Plaza) is free to talk to the President. But the President already approved this comprehensive tax reform program as early as January 2018 in a Cabinet meeting and reiterated this in his State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA). We should not stand in the way of a presidential directive,” Lambino said in a statement on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Plaza has said that PEZA will now be strongly opposing TRAIN 2, which has been approved by the House of Representatives. She even claimed that the DOF did not consult her agency about the bill, which puzzled Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua.
“During our consultations with Director General Plaza, she even agreed to the principles of Package 2—that it be performance-based, targeted, time bound and transparent,” Chua added.