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Netizens #TRIGGERED by Sen. Villar for proposal to ban #UnliRice

After a report indicated that Sen. Cynthia Villar was proposing a ban on extra rice as a means to address rice sufficiency and health issues, netizens immediately took to social media to air their sentiments against the proposal. While some recognized the validity of Villar’s concern, many immediately posted their negative reactions online.

“Dear Senator Villar, rather than removing unli rice why not have a true and genuine health and wellness program for the country and find ways to educate about eating healthy. Don’t ever take away unli rice. Because unli rice is life haha Mabuhay ang unli rice!!!!!,” said Facebook user Khim Auguis Vios.

Netizen Albert Carvajal Concepcion could not keep his sentiments to himself and addressed the senator in a Facebook video

Some Facebook users are already one step ahead as they already formed a Coalition Against Sa Unli Rice Ban ni Senator Cynthia Villar. With only a day since it was created, it already had 230 members.

“Terror threat, poor educational and government benefit system, EJK, scarcity in medical needs, flactuating economy, environmental deterioration and yet this senator focuses in banning #UNLIRICE in food chains and restaurants? Face palm,” Dward Sealmoy Jr. posted on his status update.

Fastfood chains also joined in on the discussion, with the fun banter screencapped by some eagle eyed netizens. Sadly, it seems to be a false alarm.


Never speak, not even hint, against Unli-Rice. Simply unforgivable, Michael Angelo Acera Dacalos said on his post.

Some netizens lamented that #UnliRice should not be banned because it is important for the working class to keep them full and energized until their next meal. Many decried that while the senator is encouraging small healthy meals as opposed to rice binging, the reality is that not everyone can afford such kind of diet.

Following the backlash on her proposal, Sen. Villar quickly issued a clarification.
“I just voiced out my concern that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes. It is their choice. It was just a genuine expression of concern on my part,” she said.



 

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