Unfortunately the title of this post poses a question to which I have no answer.
If you want iced tea instead of Coke with your value meal at McDonald's or Jollibee, you have to add 12 pesos more to the price of the value meal. What's the deal with this? Iced tea is supposed to be cheap. In fact, iced tea is supposed to be cheap cheap cheap. Certainly less expensive than Coke.
They use Nestea dispensers, don't they? Let me do some math: A few days ago I bought a pack of powdered Nestea that costs 55 pesos, and the packaging says it's good enough to make 5 liters. Now, assuming a serving size of 16 fl oz (that's the size of their iced tea cups at McDonald's or Jollibee), it should cost them just 5.20 pesos to make. Probably less since they're surely getting the Nestea in large quantities at wholesale prices.
And how much does their cup of iced tea alone cost? Believe it or not-- 40 freakin' pesos.
I had wanted to try not drinking soft drinks as a token sacrifice for Lent, but it's annoying that it comes packed with an unwanted bonus sacrifice of having to pay extra for something that should cost less. Too bad the price of iced tea isn't something that could be government regulated, like taxi and bus fares. I know it's nothing illegal, but it feels like I'm being robbed.