MADRID, 9 Mar. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, regretted this Wednesday the rejection by the Chamber of Deputies of the tax reform bill, one of the flagships of his candidacy, assuring that the Chamber is "harming millions of Chileans and Chileans who want and have fought for decent pensions, a better distribution of wealth, a health system that protects them, a fairer country".
Through his account on social networks, Boric has supported the project, which he affirms that "not only did it have three months of citizen consultation, in which SME associations were protagonists, but also eight months of dialogue in Congress, in where 90 indications were accepted".
He has also commented on the issue during a scheduled visit to Tarapacá, in statements collected by 'El Mercurio': "This is good news (...) for those who evade taxes with impunity, in a shameful manner and those who advise them, who will be able to continue using loopholes in their favor and that without a doubt today they are going to celebrate the vote of the Chamber of Deputies".
"Sometimes it seems that the objective of some is to hit the Government and prevent changes. But I want to tell you that they are wrong, because it is not mainly the Government who is being hit or defeated, but millions of Chileans who have spent years waiting for a fairer country, a health system that protects them, a country with decent pensions," added the president.
The reform, rejected in the chamber this Wednesday by 73 votes against 71, proposed collecting up to 3.5 percent of the national GDP, in a progressive increase from 2023 to 2027, and using it for the execution of public and social policies of the Government , according to the aforementioned Chilean newspaper.