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Book Blockade & Taxes on book imports lifted

““Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Emilie Buchwald

We did it!

While sipping my coffee just before 8:00 this morning, I overheard the lifting of the book blockade by our president over the radio and immediately plurked and twittered with glee:

GMA at DZMM breaking news. Orders lifting of book blockade and suspension of book import taxes.

President Arroyo directed Finance Secretary Margarito Teves to revoke Finance Department Order 17-09 which imposes duty on book importation.

Together with other bloggers, I made a stand and implored our government to break this Book Blockade and remove the imposition of import duties on books. Every voice in Twitter, Plurk, and Facebook and even prayers helped a lot. Cocoy inspired me to make a stand and for that, I thank him for being passionate about this #bookblockade cause among many others, like Manolo Quezon, Robin Hemley, Teodoro Locsin and hundreds more.

I feel victorious too and what I say will just be echoing Cocoy in his Victory!!! #bookblockade Over!

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