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Protect the money maker: Cynthia Villar won’t attend Senate sessions so Manny won’t catch COVID-19

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Senator Cynthia Villar will not be attending Senate sessions to protect herself and her husband, bilyonaryo Manny Villar, from catching coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In a statement Sunday (May 3), Cynthia confirmed she will only be participating in sessions via teleconferencing. Sessions at the Senate will resume on Monday (May 4).

Cynthia said she cannot put Manny’s health at risk since he oversees the family’s various businesses, which have made him the richest man in the Philippines.

“I can take the risk, but Manny cannot. He is managing a very big organization with thousands of employees and workers. The companies need him because of a predicted economic recession,” the senator said.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III earlier said senators will be passing a resolution to allow sessions and committee meetings to be held via teleconferencing during national emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sotto said that aside from Villar, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Imee Marcos may not be present at sessions due to health concerns.

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