The Cadiz Regional Trial Court has issued a temporary restraining order on Revenue Regulations No. 13-2013 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue that imposes Value-Added Tax on what sugar stakeholders consider raw sugar.
On an order dated October 3, Cadiz RTC Judge Renato Muñez directed the BIR to maintain the status quo and to cease and desist from implementing RR No.13-2013 until further order from the court pending hearing on the propriety of the issuance of a preliminary injunction.
Muñez was acting on a petition filed by the Rural Planters Association Inc., Northern Negros Planters Association Inc., Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations, United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines Inc., and the National Federation of Sugar Producers, versus BIR Commissioner Kim Henares, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and BIR Region XII Director Perfecto Aranas.
Representatives of the BIR and the planters groups attended a hearing yesterday at the Cadiz RTC, and the judge is expected to come out with a ruling on whether or not to grant a writ of preliminary injunction.
“There is a pending case to declare Revenue Regulations Order No 13-2013 unconstitutional. We have a temporary restraining order pending the issuance of the preliminary injunction. Our position is solid that the sugar planters were deprived of due process,” a statement from the five planters groups sent by UNIFED president Manuel Lamata last night said.
“We are confident we have a good argument to support our contention,” Rafael Coscolluela, CONFED president, said.
He said the Philippine Sugar Millers Association is also set to file a case opposing the new revenue regulation in Quezon City and another group is filing raps in Bukidnon.
Enrique Rojas, NFSP president, said they leave it to the court to decide on their opposition to the new revenue regulations.*CPG