January 29, 2023

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Manny Piñol Criticized after Offering Help to Hidilyn Diaz for Her Farm

Manny Piñol Offered Help to Hidilyn Diaz for Her Farm Drew Flak Online

Former Agriculture Secretary and senatorial candidate Manny Piñol offered his help to Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for her farm.

Piñol enthusiastically posted his conversation with Olympic gold medallist Hidilyn Diaz, who inquired about banana seeds, on Facebook. Hidilyn intended to cultivate Golden Mondo Saba and also experiment with farming onions, which are currently regarded as pricey in the country.

During their conversation, Piñol offered Hidilyn aid in establishing her farm in Jalajala, Rizal. Piñol stated that he wanted to assist Hidilyn because the athlete could effectively promote agriculture.

“I promised her that I and my friends would be willing to help in developing her farm. We could first conduct crop suitability tests, soil analysis and then recommend what crops would be ideal in her farm. The reason why I am very much interested in helping Hidilyn develop her farm is because I really believe that Agriculture needs champions who have great influence on others,” Piñol said.

Piñol also stated that they are not seeking payment to assist people who wish to start farming. He stated that Hidilyn and other popular individuals like her would be excellent proponents of self-sustaining agriculture, which the country desperately needs right now.

“Right now, I have a team ready to assist popular influencers in developing their farms with very affordable fees – Kapeng Barako at nilagang Golden Mondo Saba, ayos na,” he said.

However, several netizens were envious since Piol only provided his support to celebrities such as Hidilyn. Piñol defended himself against the complaints, stating that due to limited resources, he cannot aid everyone.

“May mga nagtatampo na ang tinutulongan ko daw yon lang sikat. e kasi farming advocate ako and I promote agriculture so kailangan natin ng mga tinatawag na influencers. actually, mas marami sana tayong maitutulong kung nanalo tayo last election pero pinili ng marami sa inyo yong may mga pangalan at sikat. hindi naman ako nagtampo. tuloy lang ang advocacy,” he said.

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