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'Poor card' used on Duterte to muddle rice importation issue - Rappler

'Poor card' used on Duterte to muddle rice importation issue - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource: googlenews googlenewsApr 11th, 2017

'Poor card' used on Duterte to muddle rice importation issue

'Poor card' used on Duterte to muddle rice importation issue.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2017

Rody OKs rice imports to augment NFA buffer

By Ted Tuvera and Angie M. Rosales President Duterte has allowed the National Food Authority (NFA) to import 250,000 metric tons of rice amid reports of a shortage in government stock of the staple grain.Inter-agency NFA Council chairman Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco said Mr. Duterte has allowed the importation aside from an expected shipment of 325,000 MT of rice in February.“We have no option but to follow the President to activate the 250,000 MT on standby that will be on top of the 325,000 MT that will arrive anytime this month,” Evasco said.It turns out, however, that Presidential spokesman Harry Roque missed the President’s instruction to Evasco.Talking to reporters at Palace briefing, Roque said there is no need to import rice yet. “The point is, there’s already rice on its way, no need to authorize the standby order of 250,000 MT because there’s more than enough rice on its way to beef up the NFA stock,” Roque said. Claiming that there is no rice shortage, NFA administrator Jason Aquino said he plans to import rice to replenish the buffer stock.Notably, Evasco and Aquino had been at odds with each other on what mode of rice importation should be done.Evasco cited elements inside the NFA that manipulate importation processes to make money from it.Roque said that Evasco has nonetheless the trust of Mr. Duterte.“If he [Evasco] sees that there are rumblings because somebody wants to make money, so be it, but I’m happy that Secretary Evasco is on top of the situation,” Roque said. “He enjoys full trust and confidence of the President, that’s why until now the President has not commented on this issue because he trusts that Secretary Evasco will do what is best,” he added.Binay: ‘Get your acts together’Sen. Nancy Binay, however, urged agriculture officials to get their acts together on the reported shortage in rice supply of the NFA.Binay took note of the conflicting claims of NFA and Department of Agriculture (DA) officials on the status of NFA rice supply in the market.“My call is for them to hopefully talk. They should stop talking behind the back or blaming each other. It’s high time that they talk and settle the forecasting on the country’s rice stock,” she said.“I hope that DA (Department of Agriculture) Secretary (Manny) Piñol, the NFA Council, and the NFA leadership would sit down and discuss this matter. They should give priority to the need of the nation more than the internal issues among the different agencies,” Binay said.NFA spokesman Rebecca Olarte, last week, said that NFA-accredited rice retailers will not be able to sell NFA rice for the time being and confirmed that it has decided to temporarily discontinue issuing NFA rice to accredited retailers due to low supply.Piñol and Evasco belied the rice shortage, insisting that there is no shortfall on the rice supply in the country and they even said that there are enough stocks for consumption for the next 96 days.“My only concern is that we do not need to reach the stage when the poor can’t buy NFA rice. I guess it is a wakeup call for everybody,” said Binay.The senator herself attested the apparent lack in supply of NFA rice as she tried to purchase some for distribution as relief goods and was told that the price increased from P1,400 to P1,600 per sack.Binay supported the move taken by Sen. Cynthia Villar in conducting an investigation on whether there’s “artificial” rice supply shortage to effect an increase in the price of NFA rice in the market.Meanwhile, the government is expecting palay or paddy rice harvest of 3 million metric tons in the first quarter, which will augment the 2.8 million metric ton surplus from 2017, Agriculture Secretary Emanuel Piñol told DZMM.Piñol said there was no shortage in subsidized rice sold by the NFA, adding raising prices due to an alleged lack in supply amounted to “daylight robbery. Jason Faustino.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

NFA& apos;s Aquino diverted E. Visayas rice to Bulacan rice traders – memo to Duterte - Rappler

NFA's Aquino diverted E. Visayas rice to Bulacan rice traders – memo to Duterte - Rappler.....»»

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Duterte doesn& apos;t want NFA chief Jason Aquino speaking on rice supply - Rappler

Duterte doesn't want NFA chief Jason Aquino speaking on rice supply - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Want to be on Duterte's good side? Be pro-poor, aide tells businessmen - Rappler

Want to be on Duterte's good side? Be pro-poor, aide tells businessmen - Rappler.....»»

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Duterte hits critics who say he 'kills the poor' - Rappler

Duterte hits critics who say he 'kills the poor' - Rappler.....»»

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Duterte thanks Aquino for 'ace card' Hague ruling - Rappler

Duterte thanks Aquino for 'ace card' Hague ruling - Rappler.....»»

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Duterte& apos;s aerial survey of Marikina flooding canceled twice - Rappler

Duterte's aerial survey of Marikina flooding canceled twice - Rappler.....»»

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[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Arroyo& apos;s the feature, Duterte& apos;s just the trailer - Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Arroyo's the feature, Duterte's just the trailer - Rappler.....»»

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10 things to expect at Duterte& apos;s SONA 2018 - Rappler

10 things to expect at Duterte's SONA 2018 - Rappler.....»»

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BBL& apos;s hot issue: Who gets to control rich Sulu Sea, Moro Gulf? - Rappler

BBL's hot issue: Who gets to control rich Sulu Sea, Moro Gulf? - Rappler.....»»

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Puno: Duterte& apos;s wish for new transition leader complicates federalism shift - Rappler

Puno: Duterte's wish for new transition leader complicates federalism shift - Rappler.....»»

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Duterte& apos;s office has P5.8M unliquidated cash advances – COA - Rappler

Duterte's office has P5.8M unliquidated cash advances – COA - Rappler.....»»

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How Duterte& apos;s charter change committee proposes to fund regions - Rappler

How Duterte's charter change committee proposes to fund regions - Rappler.....»»

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Duterte a no show at Papal Nuncio& apos;s Pope& apos;s Day event - Rappler

Duterte a no show at Papal Nuncio's Pope's Day event - Rappler.....»»

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Duterte disheartened by survey results on crime: & apos;Wala akong silbi& apos; - Rappler

Duterte disheartened by survey results on crime: 'Wala akong silbi' - Rappler.....»»

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On Father& apos;s Day, Sara Duterte thanks dad & apos;for the rigidity& apos; - Rappler

On Father's Day, Sara Duterte thanks dad 'for the rigidity' - Rappler.....»»

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Rice shortage, fake news, PH weather | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: President Rodrigo Duterte said he took away a Cabinet member's powers because he was "too short-sighted" on the issue of rice supply and was engaged in a "turf war" with other officials. More than 4 out of 10 adult Filipinos use the internet, and a big majority of them see fake news as a serious issue , ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Duterte stripped Evasco of powers for being & apos;too short-sighted& apos; - Rappler

Duterte stripped Evasco of powers for being 'too short-sighted' - Rappler.....»»

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& apos;Enough,& apos; women tell Duterte - Rappler

'Enough,' women tell Duterte - Rappler.....»»

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