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WHERE do our taxes go?”
This was the question posed by Anakpawis Party-list as they slammed the planned privatization of public hospitals.
“By privatizing public hospitals, this administration removes us our basic right to accessible health care which we have paid through enormous, burdening and even questionable taxes. It is our very right to expect that this government would use our taxes to treat us when we are sick,” Anakpawis Executive Vice President Joel Maglunsod said.
“We cannot allow Aquino to turn social services such as public hospitals into private businesses and hospitals for the rich. We are not hacienderos like Aquino. When sick, we do not go to Saint Luke’s or any private hospital we can’t afford. Ordinary workers, peasants and urban poor go to public hospitals because these are where we believe our taxes went,” he added.
The militant party-list lawmaker questioned the Aquino government for using the lack of funds to justify the planned privatization.
“How can the Aquino administration tell the Filipino people that there are no funds when they are actually willing to spend Php70 billion more on guns and ammunitions than on hospitals and medicines?” Maglunsod said.
“The problem is not the lack of funds. The problem is if these funds are used for the benefit of the people,” he added.
Maglunsod cited President Aquino’s 2013 budget message which proposed a Php121.6 billion budget for the Department of National Defense while proposing only a budget allotment of Php56.8 billion for the Department of Health.
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