These words were her defense why she refused to accommodate the request of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to reduce taxes:
"Yung sa mahihirap, wala naman kaming nakokolektang VAT diyan dahil ano ba binibili nila? Pumupunta sila sa palengke di ba, saka sila magluluto sa kanilang bahay. Wala hong VAT yan. Sa middle class. pag may dagdag silang pera, saan ho ba nila ginagastos? Ang ginagastos nila, ang gagawin nila mag-a-abroad sila. Sa abroad gagastusin hindi naman dito." (With regard to the poor, we don't collect VAT from them because what do they buy? They go to the market, don't they, then they cook in their own houses. That doesn't have VAT. The middle class, on the other hand, if they have extra money, where do they spend it? What they do is that they spend it aboad, not here.)
Her mindset sparked outrage from netizens and tax-payers.
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