The Philippines’ first socialist woman senator called on legislators and tax justice advocates to work together for progressive taxation that will reduce the tax burden of the poor and secure revenues for public services.

The Philippines’ first socialist woman senator called on legislators and tax justice advocates to work together for progressive taxation that will reduce the tax burden of the poor and secure revenues for public services.

Senator Risa Hontiveros said tax and fiscal policies have become more critical as states contend with joblessness and other repercussions of the health crisis. She called on curbing corruption and stopping tax leakages.

In her video message to participants of the Online Rally to Call for Tax Justice to Overcome Multiple Crises last September 15, 2020, Hontiveros underlined that adequate resources from tax revenues must be used for services, giving the highest priority to health and education spending. Hontiveros currently serves in the 18th Congress as the Chairperson of the Committee on Women, Children, and Family Relations.

The rally was organized by the Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) and the Tax and Fiscal Justice Asia (TAFJA) as part of the Global Days of Action for Tax and Fiscal Justice, September 14-17, led by the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ).