JUDEA, state workers protest vs BIR memorandum

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 12 2014 02:20 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2014 10:20 PM

MANILA - Judiciary employees and other government workers staged a rally in front of the Supreme Court (SC) at lunch time today to press the high court magistrates, sitting in en banc session, to halt the implementation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue's Memorandum Order 23-2014.

Wearing red and black to dramatize their protest, the employees urged the high court to grant their plea for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the imposition of taxes on their allowances, bonuses and other fringe benefits.

The employees slammed government for "overburdening" them, this time, with additional taxes, instead of increasing their pay.

The Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) lamented that the latest salary increase for state workers was way back in 2012 yet and that "it hardly made a dent."

"As one employee aptly puts it, isusubo na lang ng pamilya namin, kinukuha pa ng gobyerno. It is therefore no surprise that the Aquino administration's approval ratings have dropped significantly," Courage national president Ferdinand Gaite said, in a press statement.

Another "National Red and Black Day" will be staged by the Judiciary Employees Association (Judea) and other state workers on Friday, August 15, in an effort to echo their objections to the BIR's assailed memorandum, as well as press Malacanan to account for all funds released under the constitutionally infirm Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).