At a glance:
- Claim: Senator Cynthia Villar said that the problem with farmers is that they want to be hacienderos (farm owners).
- Rating: FALSE
- The facts: There are no recordings, transcripts, or official news reports of the senator saying the quote attributed to her.
- Why we fact checked this: This was flagged by Facebook’s Claim Check tool as potentially misleading.
A Facebook post on the page “Expose Philippines” dated November 23 attributed the following quote to Senator Cynthia Villar: “Ang problema kasi sa mga magsasaka, gusto nila maging haciendero.” (The problem with farmers is that they want to be farm owners.)
This post was flagged by Facebook’s fact checking tool Claim Check as potentially misleading. It was submitted 118 times by users for verification. As of posting, it has around 778 reactions, 67 shares, and 462 comments.
This claim is false. Villar did not say that farmers want to be hacienderos.
There are no video or audio recordings, transcripts, or official news reports that attribute that quote to her.
She did say parts of the quote at a Senate committee hearing on the implementation of Republic Act No. 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law on September 3, 2019. Villar is the chairperson of the Senate committee on Agriculture, Food, and Agrarian Reform.
During the hearing, Villar said: “So ngayon, siguro p’wede na nating ibalik sa 17 [pesos] ang ating pagsuma kasi 12 pesos ang puhunan nila, 17 ipagbibili, kumikita na sila ng 5 pesos per kilo of palay. I think 17 is really the regular price of palay. It’s too much to ask na maging 21, 20, kasi it’s not normal. Last year was not a normal occurrence.”
(So now, maybe we can bring the price back to 17 [pesos] because their production cost is 12 pesos, they sell at 17, they earn 5 pesos pero kilo of palay. I think 17 is really the regular price of palay. It’s too much to ask for it to be 21, 20, because it’s not normal. Last year was not a normal occurrence.)
Rice prices increased in 2018 due to inflation. – Vernise Tantuco/Rappler.com