Narvacan Mayor Chavit Singson said the only reason he ran as Ilocos Sur 1st District Representative before was to push for the passage of Republic Act 7171.
The Ilocos Sur politiko made the statement in his intereview on Bottomline.
Republic Act 7171 mandates that “15% of the excise taxes on locally manufactured Virginia type of cigarettes” will go back to the Virginia tobacco-producing provinces.
“It so happened that Ilocos Sur was producing 70% of the Virginia tobacco during that time,” Singson said.
“So kami pinakamarami. At doon nag-develop ang buong north. Tinamaan ang Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, La Union. Because those are the only provinces that are producing Virginia [tobacco],” he added.