An ‘angry’ Rody wants NFA Council abolished
An “angry” President Rodrigo Duterte wants the National Food Authority Council abolished for delaying the importation of rice intended to replenish the depleted stocks of the state-run grains agency.
The Business Mirror reported that the directive came after the interagency committee refused to allow the request of NFA administrator Jason Aquino to fast track the arrival of the 250,000 metric tons standby authority on rice.
Along with the abolition of the Council, Duterte, according to the report, will return the NFA and three other agencies back to the helm of the Department of Agriculture.
A separate report by Rappler stated that the president prefer to talk to just one person in matters concerning rice, removing Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco and other Council members from the picture.
The move, according to Rappler, was advantageous to the so-called Davao group, who is close to Special Assistant Bong Go.
Meanwhile, in an apparent move to save face, Duterte now calls for the importation of 500, 000 MT rice — half of which through a “faster” but corruption-prone government to government deal and the other half through open tender.