Monday, July 28, 2008

EVAT Issue

I edited the visual elements of this editorial cartoon I did in 2005 to give focus on the image of Juan dela Cruz (ordinary Filipino) who did a great escape from the cross (cut out from the drawing). But his escape was proven useless as big nails remained piercing his hands and feet. Substitute nails for economic crisis, etc that our people suffer.

I drew this in line with the issue of Expanded Value Added Tax (EVAT) which Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo mentioned during her State of the Nation Address (SONA) this afternoon before the entire Filipino people (including those who didn't pay attention) as necessary to support important government programs.
EVAT contributed so much to the oil price increase to become onerous. But the government or PGMA, for that matter, in her SONA had emphasized that they intended to continue with the EVAT despite clamor to scrap it. Well, why not. This government is trying to eradicate poverty and EVAT according to some sectors, is anti-poor. They jibe LOL.


Dienn said...

I watched PGMA's 2008 SONA through TFC. Her speech focused on how determine she is in uplifting our economy despite of getting the lowest approval rating from the public and being deemed as the most unpopular president (since 1986). She even compared herself to a housewife/mother who carries all the burden just to make her family survive.

Haaay... It's really sad to think that we have no other recourse but to accept the fact that our country has been buried deep in poverty... with this kind government, I don't know if RP still has hope. (again, tabi-tabi po... *wink*)

Dienn said...


I'm trying to be apolitical now that I'm no longer a govt employee... but whenever I drop by in your blog, the idealist in me is being awaken.

Yor blog should be read by many people. :-) It's really worth-visiting.