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    Villar apologizes for middle-class remarks after drawing ire

    MANILA, Philippines – After drawing ire on social media, Senator Cynthia Villar apologized on Wednesday for her statements that middle class should not be given financial assistance by the government amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
    Villar apologizes for middle-class remarks after drawing ire

    "My statements during the hearing yesterday was not in any manner meant to be an affront to the hardworking middle class of the country," Villar said.

    During the Senate Committee of the Whole hearing on Tuesday, the senator questioned the government's 18 million target recipients of the cash aid under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Under the said act, not only the "poorest of the poor" are given financial assistance but the middle class households as well.

    READ: "May sweldo sila" Villar says middle class shouldn't receive cash aid

    "I might have framed my questions and statements in such a manner that made it seem I was insensitive to the plight of the middle income sector. I am NOT. I am concerned and I lookout for the welfare of the middle income workers," she said.

    Villar apologizes for middle-class remarks after drawing ire

    "If I have offended anyone with my statements, I humbly apologize," Villar added.

    The senator also acknowledged that middle class are the backbone of the Philippine economy. "I recognize the workers' contributions to the country and their families," she said.

    — The Summit Express

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