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Tom Villarin whips out numbers to show how bad rice imports are

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The Philippines is a topnotcher in importing rice, but that didn’t make this politiko happy at all.

Former Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin blasted news that the Philippines is now the “world’s biggest rice importer” in 2019, outpacing China who has a billion mouths to feed.

The country apparently imported 3 million metric tons of the crop, empowered by the Rice Tariffication Law that allowed anyone to bring in cheap rice. Villarin said it wasn’t right if Filipinos only consume 1.9 MMT.

“It kills our farmers, make agri lands idle & easily converted by speculative pols-developers & loss of jobs to 30% of rural workers. It’s governing by killing!,” the politiko added.