It was in the news that “the city of Philadelphia is demanding that bloggers pay $300 for the privilege of writing on the internet, even the ones that make no money off their words.” One of the bloggers said that they are planning to have it here in the Philippines too. According to her, there was a resolution that a blogger needs to pay P6,000 ($130) per year as a license to blog per blog. It is like being charged for sharing your thoughts, though this has to be verified yet.
What if there is really a resolution like that? The next thing to do is to implement it, right? For a blogger who has four blogsites this means P24,000 ($530). That is quite a big amount of money that can be spent over some household needs. Bloggers are not earning millions. To some, blogging is just a hobby, and to others it is just a sideline to make ends meet because it is really hard to look for a decent job here. Why not hunt those big tax evader businessmen instead of taxing the bloggers? Taxing the bloggers is absurd. This is one way of suppressing their freedom of expressions. It is just like asking the bloggers to “pay up or shut up”.