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Request for drought funds unheeded

COTABATO CITY, Philippines—A ranking official of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has expressed disgust over the apparent inaction of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala on the regional government’s request for funds to alleviate the plight of some 34,000 drought-stricken farmers in the region.

Funds were also the appeal of a senatorial candidate to Malacañang.

In a statement, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto asked Palace officials to release immediately to the provinces billions of pesos in calamity and so-called Quick Response Funds (QRF) to avert a national crisis caused by the widespread drought.

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