In the latest Showtime episode, Vice Ganda met this contestant and remembered what Senator Bato Dela Rosa said.
VICE GANDA – Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said that a bigger population is good for debt payment and the Kapamilya star remembered this.
Should the people bear more child lower the country’s debt per capita?
This was the question Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa asked during last week’s Senate Committee on Finance briefing on the 2024 National Expenditure Program.
As quoted, he expressed: “’Yung simpleng pinobre na pag-iisip, ang anak nila mas marami para yung per capita debt natin baba, the bigger the population mas maraming maghahati hati sa utang.”
As of end-June 2023, the PH debt swelled to Php 14.15 trillion, a fresh record high. And the debt per capita the senator was referring to is the figure once the total debt is divided by to the total population.
The external debt is 31.4% (Php 4.45 trillion) and the internal debt is 68.6% (Php 9.7 trillion).
“The bigger the population, mas maraming maghahati hati sa utang,” the senator has added.
And this claim has been remembered by Kapamilya superstar Vice Ganda when he met a contestant in one of the segments of It’s Showtime who has 12 children.
He quipped after hearing this from the contestant, “Ito yung mga Pilipinong sumusunod kay Senator Bato. yung magparami raw ng population para maghati-hati dun sa utang ng Pilipinas. Ikaw talaga!”
The comedian even furthered, “Galing! Sumunod siya o!”
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Dito tawang-tawa ako! pic.twitter.com/8pDM7V1fCW— Dee Yun (@dionocampos) August 23, 2023
Meanwhile, in a clarification, the senator expressed that his statement was blown out of proportion. According to him, he was just quoting somebody and what he said was taken out of context “without malice or without intention or unintentionally taken out of context”
He stressed that he had only heard this from other people whom he described as “simple-minded people”.
Senator Sonny Angara, the chairperson of the Senate finance committee, believed that the debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio of the Philippines is not in its alarming state yet.
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