Well, I'll Be Damned.
"A higher sales tax has come into force in the Philippines, where it is expected to hit consumers already struggling with rising fuel costs.
President Gloria Arroyo's government says raising the value-added tax (VAT) rate from 10% to 12% is a key reform....
.....But the broader and higher tax has proved deeply unpopular as millions of impoverished Filipinos try to cope with higher fuel, electricity and transport costs following a surge in global oil prices.
Leftist groups held small protests around the country against the VAT changes."