Senator Cynthia Villar gave the assurance that she is not filing a bill to ban unlimited rice servings in food establishments.
She clarified that she merely expressed her concern on the effects of eating too much rice during the Senate hearing on rice importation on June 14.
“I am not planning to make a law banning ‘unli rice;’ not at all. 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. But, of course, I cannot prevent people from eating unlimited amount of rice. It is their choice. It was just a genuine expression of concern on my part,” Villar said in a statement released on June 15.
During the Senate hearing on Wednesday, Villar said, “Ipagbawal na yang unlimited rice; masama yan. Ipagbawal na natin yang unlimited rice kasi nagkakasakit tayo gawa ng unlimited rice na yan. We should learn how to eat vegetables.”
“I think we should learn how to eat vegetables because it’s healthier. Kasi sasabihin mas mura ang rice sa vegetables eh ang mahal naman magpagamot ng diabetes,” she said.
She also added that people should be encouraged to eat brown rice instead of well-milled rice.
“Based from my readings, kaya daw tayo nagkakaloko sa rice kasi puro rice ang kinakain natin. We should not encourage well-milled rice. Kung pwedeng brown rice, brown rice na lang. Kasi pag kinain mo, mabigat sa tiyan, konti lang nakakain mo,” Villar said.
Villar’s clarification came after netizens reacted negatively to the possibility of an unlirice ban and the Twitterverse had a field day with memes and jokes about ‘saving unlimited rice.’
“Philippines would not be Philippines without #UnliRice save the riiiceee,” tweeted @MYstudproblem.
— Student Problems (@MYstudproblem) June 15, 2017
— Karlo Pereyra (@KarloGP) June 14, 2017
— Jelo👟⚫️⚪️ (@Cley_oooo) June 15, 2017
— GG (@crissaraagas) June 15, 2017
— ᴾ ᴱ ᴾ ᴱ (@AN0NYM0USPEPE) June 14, 2017
— Liza Marie Dolar (@dolarlizamarie) June 15, 2017
Cynthia Villar: I seek to ban UnliRice promos
— Capt. Trevor 👨✈️ (@JOLYOS11) June 14, 2017
Crew: sir ilang takal po?
Me at Mang Inasal be like: pic.twitter.com/JgzkOfdQEg
— Karl Patrick Joaquin (@KarlJoaquin) June 14, 2017
— Charlene Dabon (@amazinglychao) June 14, 2017
Cause of Death: Cynthia Villar pic.twitter.com/XjLLYflsRg
— SENYORA (@Senyora) June 14, 2017
"Ipinagbabawal na ni Sen. Cynthia Villar ang unli rice"
People of the republic of the philippines: pic.twitter.com/gr5dsIhFoY
— Ivan? (@IvanUngui) June 14, 2017
HEADLINE: Sen. Cynthia Villar wants to ban unlimited rice promos "bawal na ang unli rice"
— 👑 (@arsupremo) June 15, 2017
On that day, Filipinos received a grim reminder. We lived in fear of OverPrice Extra Rice.. pic.twitter.com/qgeeXB7UTM
— Zero (@SZ_Chaotic) June 16, 2017
— Zoe (@Wild0rchidz) June 14, 2017
Some even threw shade at Villar and her family’s real estate business.
— Romel Daya (@thetigeRAD) June 15, 2017
To Sen. Cynthia Villar, I think ung conversion of ricefields to subdivision like Camella ang dapat i-ban than Unli Rice sa Mang Inasal etc.
— Mykiru Isyusero (@mykiru) June 14, 2017
Others said if Villar really wants to focus on health issues, she should ban cigarettes first.
If talking about health issues, she should ban cigarettes rather than unli-rice. #UNLIRICE
— Jerms (@jrmyrc) June 15, 2017
— Jazzie Pressman (@GorjazzRoa) June 14, 2017
Another one warned Villar about the future of her political career.
“Cynthia Villar, keep proposing stupid ideas like banning unli rice and you can immediately say goodbye to your political career,” tweeted @jervisgmz.
Cynthia Villar, keep proposing stupid ideas like banning unli rice and you can immediately say goodbye to your political career. #unlirice
— Jervis Gomez (@jervisgmz) June 14, 2017
Sources: ( rappler.com , rappler.com )