- Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stated that he will submit a proposal to amend Article VI, Section 28 of the Constitution
- The amendment will remove the tax-free provisions to schools and businesses run by religious groups
- Alvarez shared that these schools do not benefit the poor because their fees are so expensive, only the rich can afford
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez revealed he plans to pass a proposal in removing the tax-free law on schools and businesses owned by religious groups.
The lawmaker confirmed that he will push the proposal once Congress starts introducing constitutional amendments.
Alvarez cited Article VI, Section 28 of the Constitution, which states that “Charitable institutions, churches and parsonages or convents appurtenant thereto, mosques, non-profit cemeteries, and all lands, buildings, and improvements, actually, directly, and exclusively used for religious, charitable, or educational purposes shall be exempt from taxation.”
He explained that Catholic-run schools do not benefit the poor because of their expensive fees. Alvarez was quoted by Malaya saying, “Most of these schools, the ones run by religious sectors, do not really serve the poor because only the rich can afford it. Their tuition fees (sic) are so expensive.”
The speaker added, “We can’t say that they are not profiting because as you can see, their schools are huge and they are even expanding but these schools are not really for the poor. The poor can’t study in these schools, everything is expensive there.”
Last year when Alvarez floated the idea, he was criticized for “targeting” the Catholic Church, which is a staunch critic of the death-penalty bill that Alvarez authored.