House Appropriations Committee chairman, ACT-CIS Party-List Rep. Eric Go Yap can’t seem to get actress Liza Soberano off his mind.

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Yap name dropped the actress twice during budget deliberations Tuesday, not because showbiz matters came up during the briefings, but because spotty Internet connection continues to be a problem.

Yap was quizzing Department of Transportation (DoTr) officials regarding the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) in the morning briefing when he first remembered Soberano.

The LTMS is the online portal of Land Transportation Office’s (LTO), an attached agency of the DoTr.

“Hindi po ba magkakaroon ng problema ng slow processing of transaction ang LTMS kasi nakadepende ito sa WiFi connection? Eh alam niyo naman po ang WiFi connection natin, napakahina. May mga lugar po na talagang 1 mbps (megabits per second) lang. Pero kung kamukha niyo po si Liza Soberano aabot po kayo ng 300 mbps (Won’t there be a problem on the slow processing of LTMS transactions since it’s dependent on WiFi connection? As you know, we have poor WiFi connection. There are areas that only have a speed of 1 mbps. But if you look like Liza Soberano, you’ll get as fast as 300 mbps),” the solon said.

Yap was referring to the recent viral tweets from the 22-year-old actress wherein she said that PLDT “hooked her up with the best internet she has ever experienced,” to the tune of 300 mbps.

This was a mere two days after she ranted about the poor service she has been receiving from her previous Internet service provider, or ISP. This has raised a raging debate on privilege among netizens.

“Paano po kung ang kamukha niyo ay si…huwag napo tayo magsabi ng pangalan, ay si ganito. Baka 1 mbps lang po connection niyo (What if you look like someone else, let’s not mention anybody. You might only get a 1 mbps connection),” the Appropriations panel chairman added.

He brought up Soberano again during the afternoon budget briefing of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Yap was calling his fellow House members one by one via Zoom during the interpellation period when he noticed that nobody was answering him.

“Poor internet connection po ata. Siguro po sa next briefing, ipapatawag ko po si Madam Liza Soberano para po mabigyan tayo ng 300 mbps sa Internet ng PLDT (I think it’s poor internet connection. Maybe in the next briefing, I will invite Madam Liza Soberano so that PLDT can give us 300 mbps Internet speed),” he said.

Some solons, especially those coming from their districts in the countryside, have had to deal with spotty Internet connection when participating in videoconferencing-based House hearings under the new normal.

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