The Controversy Continues
Posted by Robin Hemley on May 7, 2009 6:28 PM
2,330 people have now joined the group, "Filipinos Against the Taxation of Books By Customs" in 24 hours!
The Book Development Association of the Philippines has also issued a position paper challenging the rationalizations of the Bureau of Finance in its decision to tax imported books. It's long and full of legalese, but it seems air tight and backs up all of the contentions I made in my McSweeney's piece. Basically, the Bureau of Customs is not only violating the international obligations of the Philippines, but is also violating the country's own laws.
I was contacted today by a German reporter based in the Philippines - it's important that this story receives international attention as well as grass roots protest.
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