Same sh*t, different day
If you’re a part of the middle class, then tough luck: Cynthia Villar doesn’t think you deserve a slice of the government’s cash aid. The country’s richest senator made her disagreement known during a recent Senate hearing, generalizing that everyone in the tier continues to get paid in the lockdown.
‘Bakit bibigyan yung middle? Eh may trabaho sila, kahit lockdown nagssuweldo sila sa gobyerno kung employed by the government.
Kung employed naman ng private, nagssuweldo din sila, kaya nga nahihirapan ang companies kasi they have to pay the salaries even if there’s no business’.
Under the social amelioration program or SAP, 18 million families – or 82% of the population – will receive around PHP 5,000 to 8,000 in financial aid. Villar argues that the number of beneficiaries should be lower, as the funds should go to the poorest of the poor.
‘Ang talagang mahirap lang daw is 59 percent of the population. Why did we go to 82 percent?’ she questions DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista.
Villar, whose husband is PH’s richest businessman Manny Villar, revealed the true situation of the middle class – based on her own experience, of course.
‘Kasi kami, libo-libo ang empleyado namin. Kahit hindi sila napasok, sinusweldohan namin. Eh bakit sila pa ang bibigyan ng SAP? Eh may sweldo sila. Mapalad sila may sweldo sila’, she concludes.
Hindi kumbinsido si Senator Cynthia Villar kung bakit kasama ang mga nasa middle class sa makatatanggap ng cash aid mula sa pamahalaan. Ayon sa kanya, sumusweldo naman ang mga ito kahit may lockdown.
Posted by News5 on Tuesday, May 19, 2020
But unbeknownst to Villar, over 2 million workers have already been displaced due to business closures or various work arrangements, such as reduced workweeks or ‘No Work, No Pay’ schemes.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the hardest-hit are the manufacturing, hotel, tourism, and education sectors. DOLE has since shelled out subsidies but in limited spurts.
And true to form, Villar has since apologized for her remarks following the heavy backlash, clarifying that she didn’t mean to generalize and was only referring to middle-class workers who continue to receive salaries.
Villar’s knee-jerk dismissive attitude towards people not within her circle is a recurring theme in her political stances, which many criticize as tone-deaf. The senator previously drew flak for her downgrading opinion of nurses, which she also later apologized for.
She’s also the author of the highly controversial rice tarrification law, which added hardship on the already struggling Filipino farmers, although Villar argues that it is a necessity that will benefit the latter in the long run.