Ladies and Gentlemen:
We’d like to present the Honorable BAD, err, VAT boys and girls of the Philippine House of Representatives:
Photo from HOR website. Here’s the credit and caption from the site:
Photo credit: Leny Achanzar/Coverage Team, PRID / 27 January 2005 04:50:36 PM
Speaker Jose de Venecia (center) holds the final copy of the measure restructuring the country’s Value-Added-Tax (VAT) rate to save the country from the looming financial crisis if government fails to close the gaping budget deficit. De Venecia pose for posterity with House leaders including (from left) Rep. Benasing Macarambon, Deputy Speaker Raul del Mar, Rep. Eric Singson, Majority Leader Prospero Nograles, Reps. Amelita Villarosa, Eduardo Zialcita, Luis Villafuerte, Roilo Golez, Deputy Majority Leader Harlin Abayon, Etta Rosales, and Juan Miguel Zubiri. At the end of the 14-hour plenary debate at dawn of January 27.