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While the government braces for the possibility that smuggling and counterfeiting of cigarettes and tax stamps would worsen once higher excise taxes take effect, Sen. Sonny Angara said Tuesday that the legislative could still jack up levies on "sin" products before the 17th Congress ends.


"It's still possible but somewhat difficult if we were to gauge our colleagues," Angara told the Inquirer…