As DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo's confirmation is waiting its approval from the Commission of Appointments, Agnes Callamard makes headlines yet again. This time, she held an interview at CNN Philippines. She had an online interview with Korina Sanchez-Roxas of ABiaS-CBN and Maria Ressa of Crappler. What made her controversial more than ever is that aside from saying shabu does not lead to violence but now she says eating expired relief goods has no ill effects towards people's health.
"Expiration date is just a bogus statement. No, there's no such thing as an expiration date. The expiration date is just a profiteering slogan by food companies and by the food regulatory boards for compliance. No, you can eat expired food and not get expired. Stinky Soliman should not be charged with neglect of relief goods. China was wrong to execute Zheng Xiaoyu last 2008 for the melamine scandal. I have every proof that there is no proof that expired food can be bad for your health." Callamard said in the online interview with Korina and Ressa on CNN Philippines.
Callamard's statement caused a lot of outrage from social media users in Tacloban and DSWD Secretary Taguiwalo. A lot of victims of Typhoon Yolanda attacked Callamard on Twitter causing her to go on a blocking spree. DSWD Taguiwalo tweeted to Callamard, "Callamard you are spewing B.S. again. I dare you to eat expired relief goods and not land in the hospital." Callamard blocked Taguiwalo after an angry exchange of words. Taguiwalo claimed her blood pressure rose up so high after Callamard making more ridiculous claims.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte said, "My gawd how could Callamard say eating expired relief goods and shabu can't harm the health? I dare here to eat the expired relief goods. I dare her to eat pagpag. I dare her to have a vacation in Tondo where she will lose her rights to call the cops if something bad should happen. Let us welcome her to the Philippines. Let us allow her to have a vacation in Tondo, Manila if she so desires but she should stay in the slums of Tondo."