A lot of people, especially the voters, are wondering if they made the right choice of sending Sen. Cynthia Villar to the Senate.
Villar, a neophyte in the Senate but a seasoned lawmaker from the House of Representatives, has been quiet on issues pertaining to the onion and garlic importation, rice smuggling, and the allocation of funds by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to fake non-governmental organizations lately.
Mrs. Villar remains mum on these anomalies after being appointed as chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture.
Villar is expected to have the initiative to look into these problems. She should have called for an inquiry.
Either the senator from Las Pinas is just lazy to investigate or she has no idea about the issues that have been exposed by the media for several days now.
Sen. Cynthia is not the right person to head the agriculture committee since she has no knowledge at all about agriculture or the plight of farmers.
I haven’t heard her talk even once about food security or the welfare of the rural folks when she was a member of the House of Representatives.
Mrs. Villar is a waste at the Senate!
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The nincompoops’ alibi
I almost fell from my seat when I heard Leah Cruz, the sole importer of onions and garlic in the country, talking on TV on Wednesday night denying reports that she has cornered the importation of these two products.
Cruz said there is no truth to reports that runs a monopoly. She claimed that there are other companies that had been allowed by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to bring garlic into the country.
However, she failed to mention that the companies that were allowed to import garlic and onions are all bogus or fake and are being linked to her.
This columnist personally checked the authenticity of these corporations last week and found out that they are non-existent because they have no offices in their given addresses.
But I really had a hearty laugh yesterday morning when I heard Director Clarito Baron of BPI on the radio lying through his teeth. He said he never gave importation permits to anyone to bring in onions or garlic to the country.
Baron said he wonders where and how these reports came about when there is a ban on the importation of garlic and onions to protect the local industry.
Director Baron probably does not know it but this columnist has several photo copies of import permits given to Cruz’s dummy corporations.
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Next time, Cruz and Baron should practice their lines first before facing the media.
Magsisinungaling na lang, palpak pa!