- Netizens slammed Sen.Villar for insensitive nCov remark.
Senator Cynthia Villar opined that the current global nCov scare will be good for local agritourism.
In a statement in front of hundreds of farmers during the 1st Agribusiness Tourism conference, Villar said the current apprehensions about nCov will benefit local tourism in the country.
“Since there’s a ban on any flight coming in from China, Hong Kong, and Macau, so they can’t cruise for fear of getting infected of nCoV so we will rely on farm tourism and it is local tourism,” the senator said.
She also added that this will be a great chance for many Filipinos to explore local tourism spots, especially farm tourism as promoted by the Department of Tourism.
Senator Villar is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.
However, netizens were puzzled and amused at the same time how the senator found it fitting to promote local tourism in spite of the nCov scare.
With three confirmed cases in the country including 1 mortality and hundreds of persons under investigation of the deadly novel coronavirus, netizens are at a loss on how Villar managed to think of tourism plans.
Reactions from Twitter showed netizens’ disgust over Villar’s insensitivity and sheer lack of understanding of the seriousness of nCov and inappropriateness of her suggestion.
There's something about her mind that I will never understand https://t.co/y6R8mQ0Pzu
— Jai Cabajar (@jaicabajar) February 8, 2020
Tito Sotto: *shows conspiracy video*
Villar: hold my subdivisions– pic.twitter.com/pHne7eVzQG
— Malacañang Events and Catering Services (@MalacananEvents) February 8, 2020
Narereveal na ang ultimate form ni cynthia villar https://t.co/Q3kbv5Vecz
— aybaaaaaaaan ⎊ (@tarzegetakizerd) February 8, 2020
thank lorde, cynthia villar existed i'm not the most stupid person ever to live https://t.co/ybKeMwaa17
— bryan • #DefendNotDefund (@_bigbryte) February 8, 2020
i wouldn’t be surprised if Cynthia Villar’s initial thought in the morning is, “what stupid shit am i gonna say today?”
— taho (@tanyaandreah) February 8, 2020
It is indeed that technology is a best thing to improve and boost production as accord by Sen. Cynthia Villar, but thinking that the spread of nCov-virus is an advantage to foster local tourism is very inhumane since the public health is at stake! https://t.co/lEvKvfDnIT
— Carlo James (@reyescarlojames) February 8, 2020
It's amazing how one so soulless and insensitive has gotten so rich. Or maybe those are exactly the reasons why. 😥
— Cara May (@marianpascal8) February 8, 2020