Manila, Aug. 14 -- A group on Tuesday lauded the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means for the approval of the tax rate hike on alcoholic beverages.

"We welcome the decision of the House Ways and Means Committee to prioritize the alcohol tax increase. This reform will be effective in discouraging excessive consumption of alcohol, which has significant health consequences," Sin Tax Coalition convenor Dr. Antonio Dans said in a statement.

The panel, by a 43-0 vote, on Tuesday adopted for plenary consideration House Bill No. 1026, which adjusts the tax rate on alcoholic beverages to fund the Universal Healthcare Law.

Looking forward to the release of the committee report, Dans said the coalition would support Ways and Means C...