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

    MANILA, Philippines – Senator Cynthia Villar said the middle class should not be given financial assistance by the government amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

    UPDATE: Villar apologizes for middle-class remarks after drawing ire

    During the Senate Committee of the Whole hearing, 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.

    Villar says middle class shouldn't receive cash aid
    Photo from Facebook/Cynthia Villar
    Villar went on to say that the 18 million target out of the total 22 million Filipino households is already too much, saying that it already represents 82% of the entire Filipino families in the country.

    She then said the middle class households should be excluded from the financial aid because they receive salaries amid the lockdown.

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    "Yung 18 million is 82%. Bakit bibigyan 'yung middle eh may trabaho sila, kahit lockdown nagsusweldo sila sa gobyerno kung employed by the government. Kung employed naman ng mga private, nagsusweldo rin sila kaya nga nahihirapan ang mga companies kasi they have to pay the salaries even if there is no business," Villar said.

    The senator said the target numbers for the financial aid is unacceptable. She said the poor are deprived because the middle class were included in the financial aid.

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    "Hindi ko ma-accept ang figures na 'yun. Masyadong mataas. Nade-deprive ang mahihirap dahil binibigyan pati ang middle class," Villar added.

    Villar noted how in their companies, employees continue to receive their salaries even if they stay at home. Because of this, the middle class should feel fortunate and should no longer rely on the government's help, she said.

    "Kasi kami libu-libo ang empleyado namin kahit hindi sila napasok, sinuswelduhan namin. Eh bakit sila pa ang bibigyan ng SAP? Eh may suweldo sila, mapalad sila may sweldo sila," Villar said.

    Villar already asked the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to submit an explanation on her concern.

    — Sally, The Summit Express
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