After criticizing nurses, the middle class and researchers, bilyonaryo Senator Cynthia Villar recently belittled fishermen and farmers, saying they know nothing about climate change.
At the hearing of the Department of Agriculture’s 2023 budget proposal, the wife of ultra bilyonaryo Manny Villar said the agency shouldn’t rely on fishermen and farmers to address climate change.
“Huwag mong aasahan yung fishermen at farmers because they don’t know anything… They will protect themselves? Di nga nila naiintindihan ang problema eh,” she said. “’Wag nyong iaasa sa farmers at fisherfolk kasi sila, hindi naman nila naiintindihan yang climate change.”
Villar said the DA should be more proactive in addressing the impact of climate change instead of providing livelihood assistance to affected sectors.
“Palagi kang tinatamaan ng bagyo, anong gagawin mo para mabawasan yung damage ng bagyo sa particular na lugar na yun? ‘Wag livelihood (project),” she said.
Netizens slammed Villar for being haughty and out of touch.
“Cynthia Villar claims to be a “champion” for the environment yet she belittles the ability of farmers and fisherfolk to understand climate change. These vulnerable sectors understand climate change better than her as they experience its impacts everyday,” one Twitter user said.
Cynthia Villar doesn’t know that farmers and fishermen are aware of their positions and problems, and they have, for years, proposed solutions to resolve the problem within the fishing and farming sector that people like Cynthia Villar ignored because they’re “undeducated” https://t.co/gHUWdXgI61
— Mar(x)c (@Mrcxism) October 20, 2022
Cynthia Villar should shut the fuck up. She doesn’t even have the right to speak on farmers and fisherman when all she does is to convert their lands into a fucking low-class subdivision. https://t.co/ZvwqzPBFW3
— 🌹j’s⑰ SVT WORLD DOMINATION BIJJES (@soonwonist) October 19, 2022
Many tried to educate Villar instead using on-the-ground inputs, while farmers’ groups called her out for belittling the sector.
Hindi kasi magre-research si Cynthia Villar. Akalain mo, tinanong pa “What do you need research for?”. Ma’am, this is what you need research for. https://t.co/OAp4Btt11P
— this is me trying (@erii_vee) October 20, 2022
LOOK: Several farmers’ and fishers’ groups slam Sen. Cynthia Villar over her remarks yesterday during DA’s budget hearing that farmers, fishers “don’t understand” climate change.
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) October 20, 2022
In 2013, Villar drew flak for saying nurses don’t need to obtain an undergraduate degree because they supposedly only work as “room nurses” overseas.
Six years later, she castigated the DA for allocating a considerable budget to corn research, saying she doesn’t see the point of conducting studies.
Villar also questioned the grant of financial assistance to the middle class at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the poor are “deprived” of aid if the government will also help those who have regular jobs.