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Poverty is a choice? Netizens slam Twitter user for saying people choose to be poor

JC posted on Twitter: “Kung ako ba mahirap, gugustuhin ko bang mamuhay ng mahirap lang? Na mamatay na mahirap lang? Kung ako sasagot, HINDI. Poverty is a choice. You have the will to change the situation. Don’t blame the government you being poor.”

Netizen named JC Escañan @johnfeeler is getting slammed online for saying poverty is a choice, as everyone has the power to change his current situation, and blaming the government because you remain poor won’t help.

JC posted on Twitter: “Kung ako ba mahirap, gugustuhin ko bang mamuhay ng mahirap lang? Na mamatay na mahirap lang? Kung ako sasagot, HINDI. Poverty is a choice. You have the will to change the situation. Don’t blame the government you being poor.”

Another netizen named Sammy took the opposite view. As for Sammy, people are struggling just to make ends meet and while some get lucky enough to reverse their financial situation, most are stuck no matter how hard they try to fight poverty.

Netizens also shared the same sentiments with Sammy that poverty is not a choice. They also said there is a difference between being poor and being a freeloader.

https://twitter.com/cypherecca/status/1247374713673773056

The enhanced community quarantine also showed that not everyone has the choice to stay home since a lot of people need to go out to earn a living every day.

It can be recalled that even Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda firmly believes that poverty is not a choice, during the question and answer segment in Miss Q and A aired last September 12, 2019.

Here’s the statement of Vice Ganda:



“Ganyan din ako dati. Sinasabi ko na kung mahirap ka tapos lalo kang humirap or namatay kang mahirap, kasalanan mo. Pero ako ngayon, sa dami ng napapanuod at nababasa ko, nasasabi ko na hindi na rin laging kasalanan nung tao. Kasi maraming pagkakataon na kaya ka lalong humihirap kasi you are being deprived of opportunities.”

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