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Roque disputes Piñol over NFA Council abolition

    Does President Duterte want to abolish the NFA Council, the policymaking body of the National Food Authority, to end the conflict between the two over the shortage in the supply of government-subsidized rice?   Yes, says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piol. No, says presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.   The confusion over what the President intended to do with the NFA Council followed a meeting between Mr. Duterte and rice traders on Thursday night.   "He has abolished the NFA Council and he will transfer the NFA and other agencies related to agriculture that were removed from the Department of Agriculture back to the DA," Piol said in...Keep on reading: Roque disputes Piñol over NFA Council abolition.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 7th, 2018

Palace clarifies NFA Council not abolished

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Malacañang on Friday denied reports that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the abolition of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council. In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. clarified that the President had only intended to place the NFA and the NFA Council under the Office of the President […] The post Palace clarifies NFA Council not abolished appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

No casualties reported for now due to Typhoon Ompong

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – As of Saturday morning, September 15, there have been no casualties reported due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said this as he presided over the 9 am inter-agency briefing at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). “We confirm as of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Provincial government of Camarines Sur orders mandatory evacuation

Provincial government of Camarines Sur orders mandatory evacuation Vox Bikol Sat, 01/13/2018 - 07:43 PILI, Camarines Sur, Jan. 12 (PIA) – The 24-hour incessant rainfall due to the tail-end of a cold front and isolated thunderstorms caused an unexpected and extreme flooding in most areas in Camarines Sur, particularly in low-lying areas affecting residents living near river banks, spillways and creeks. One of the areas severely affected by flooding is the municipality of Lagonoy where spillways from Dahat to San Roque and Himagtocon spillway , Kinahulugan Bridge and Burabod Zone 6 were submerged in flood water and rendered inaccessible due to red alert flooding and strong current. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) through the Environment Disaster Management Emergency Response Office (Edmero) headed by Luzena “Che” Bermeo stated that Search and Rescue team was immediately dispatched in the said area to ensure that all residents are out of danger. The danger caused by heavy rains and the peril of the continuous rise of flood water prompted Camarines Sur Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte to order mandatory evacuation and directed all mayors, chairpersons of MDRRMCs, punong barangays and chairperson of BDRRMC to ensure implementation of the said order. PDRRMC also ordered the concerned LDRRMCs to inform communities near the mountain slopes and low lying areas at the rivers and its tributaries particularly at Lower Kilbay Catabangan, Ragay, Tinalmud, Tambang, and Lagonoy to take the necessary precautionary measures. (LSMacatangay, PDRRMC CamSur-PIAV/ Camarines Sur).....»»

Category: newsSource:  voxbikolRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Palace to UNHRC: We have been proactive in looking at HR abuses

        Malacaang insisted on Saturday that government does not need to be called out to investigate the country's human rights situation as it has been proactive in looking into cases of abuses particularly on its war on drugs.     Sought for comment regarding the recent call by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against the government, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the government has been doing its job on the issue of human rights.     "Nasabi ko na sa inyo na may imbentaryo kami nung mga napatay diumano sa giyera laban sa droga para malaman namin kung talagang nasunod ba ang tamang pro...Keep on reading: Palace to UNHRC: We have been proactive in looking at HR abuses.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

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

Palace: PCGG abolition not historical revisionism ; OSG to continue its work

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC The proposed abolition of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) was not part of historical revisionism but a way to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Evasco out as head of NFA Council

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. is out of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, following a row with NFA Administrator Jason Aquino over rice importation. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday that Evasco would no longer head the NFA Council because President Rodrigo Duterte decided on Monday night to put the NFA under the Department of Agriculture, along with the Philippine Coconut Authority and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol is expected to head the new NFA Council. The council, the policymaking body of the NFA, will also no longer include the Development Bank of the Philippines, which will be replaced b...Keep on reading: Evasco out as head of NFA Council.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

NFA returned to Agriculture dept–Palace

THE National Food Authority (NFA) will be returned to the Department of Agriculture (DA), Malacanang said on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque, Jr. said in a statement that the decision was made during the NFA council meeting on Monday night. He also dispelled reports that the council would be abolished. Aside from the NFA, the Philippine Coconut [...] The post NFA returned to Agriculture dept–Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Speaker Alvarez backs abolition of & apos;unnecessary& apos; NFA Council - Philippine Star

Speaker Alvarez backs abolition of 'unnecessary' NFA Council - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

Bam Aquino says abolition of NFA Council opens NFA to corruption - Inquirer.net

Bam Aquino says abolition of NFA Council opens NFA to corruption - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

LP exec disputes drug tag on rights groups

A Liberal Party (LP) officialon Tuesdayslammed the "absurd" and "baseless" claim that drug lords have used human rights groups to destabilize the Duterte administration.   Former Rep. Erin Tanada, LP vice president on external affairs, said that "the plot gets crazier by the day."   "The statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan PeterCayetano and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque thatdrug lords are using human rights group to criticize andundermine the government is absurd and baseless," Tanada said in a statement. "At the same time, it is patently dangerous because it makeshuman rights groups possible targets of the anti-drugoperations of law enforcers," t...Keep on reading: LP exec disputes drug tag on rights groups.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Calida on Sereno, Carpio on Roque, 2018 Oscar winners | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Solicitor General Jose Calida files a petition for quo warranto asking the Supreme Court to declare the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno unlawful, thereby removing her from office.  Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio disputes the claim of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that the Supreme Court affirmed joint exploration within ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

Sereno to go on leave, Roque UN special rapporteur, Senate on Jason Aquino | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: A Rappler source confirms Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will go on leave earlier than scheduled.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque  says he will recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte a United Nations special rapporteur who can be allowed to probe the killings in the administration's war on drugs.  Senators and the National Food Authority Council ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Palace: Don’t call China a ‘bandit’ in sea dispute

Malacaang on Friday said critics of Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea should refrain from calling China a thief or a bandit.   Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said it was not diplomatic to call the emerging regional power a "bandit," as Manila and Beijing's territorial disputes could be resolved peacefully.   "Let us instead say that there is really a dispute, there is a difference of opinion, there are bones of contention, but everything can be resolved in a peaceful manner," Roque said in a media briefing in Camarines Sur.   Thank China?   Roque was reacting to a statement of Sen. Grace Poe, who had mocked Roque's earl...Keep on reading: Palace: Don’t call China a ‘bandit’ in sea dispute.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018

Roque defends Duterte, daughter: Give me AMLC-authenticated documents

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. challenged critics and reporters yesterday, Jan. 22, to produce bank statements authenticated by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to support Vera Files’ report alleging that “President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio did not declare their P100 million in investments.” “The reality […] The post Roque defends Duterte, daughter: Give me AMLC-authenticated documents appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

PEACETALK: The need to consolidate a Council of Religious Elders of Muslims in the Philippines

(Yusuf Roque Morales is a Commissioner at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos) The Philippines is a multicultural country, primarily bound by ties of language, tribe and culture. As a young nation beset by conflict and internecine violence, these are the primary sources of unity among communities and after the Marcos era, where an attempt […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Roque: Abolition of VP office up to Congress, people

MANILA, Philippines — The possible abolition of the Office of the Vice President under a proposed federal government will depend on Filipino voters, Malacaña.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Roque: Abolition of VP office up to Congress, people

MANILA, Philippines — The possible abolition of the Office of the Vice President under a proposed federal government will depend on Filipino voters, Malacaña Source link link: Roque: Abolition of VP office up to Congress, people.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Duterte accepts son’s resignation as Davao vice-mayor

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte “has already accepted this afternoon the resignation of Davao City Vice-Mayor Paolo (Z.) Duterte,” presidential spokesman Harry L. Roque, Jr. confirmed on Friday, Jan. 5. The younger Mr. Duterte announced his resignation on Christmas Day before the Davao City Council, citing personal and other issues. His resignation follows some three months… link: Duterte accepts son’s resignation as Davao vice-mayor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Duterte accepts son’s resignation as Davao vice-mayor

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte “has already accepted this afternoon the resignation of Davao City Vice-Mayor Paolo (Z.) Duterte,” presidential spokesman Harry L. Roque, Jr. confirmed on Friday, Jan. 5. The younger Mr. Duterte announced his resignation on Christmas Day before the Davao City Council, citing personal and other issues. His resignation follows some three months […] The post Duterte accepts son’s resignation as Davao vice-mayor appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018