Senator Cynthia Villar’s recent statement about onion smuggling has earned the ire of netizens on Twitter anew.
Villar, the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Food committee and the wife of the richest Filipino billionaire Manny Villar, was once again slammed by Twitterverse when she said that imported onions should be cleared before they are released in reaction to the issue of smuggled agricultural goods.
However, it was not this comment, but her follow up that got netizens riled up. She said that she could live without onions, which many believed was an out-of-touch response to the soaring prices of onion in the market and the shortage of the product.
Others chose to be witty.
Shallot sa lipunan.
— Bo (@bocabbage) December 5, 2022
While others called out the senator for being selfish, seeing as she is not affected by inflation because of her billionaire status.
Ganito sumagot ang taong sarili lang ang iniisip at hindi ang kalagayan ng nakararami. Ang masaklap dito, binoto sya para protektahan ang interes ng nakararami pero nangunguna siya na balewalain ang mga ito.
— 💙 TWISH 💙 (@pscd87) December 6, 2022
There were also those that called out the Villar family for converting potential farmlands into subdivisions to amass wealth.
ahahahahaha ginawa na kasi niyang subd. at condo lahat dito sa LP , wala na pagtamnan ng onions 😂🤣😂🤣😂
— melgie pulmano (@melgie_pulmano) December 5, 2022
Another netizen recalled that the Senator suggested the planting of root crops as an alternative to rice when problems with typhoons endangered the rice fields.
Siya din yung nagsabi na magkamote na lang? Basic n nga yung bigas at sibuyas dahil pagkain. Next time ba sasabihin? "Kaya ko din hindi kumain" Maniniwla nb kme. Dpt my cctv s kusina.
— Pinkysweararmy⁷ ♡ (@pinkysweararmy) December 5, 2022