Duterte must ax NFA chief, says Senator Pangilinan
Senator Kiko Pangilinan said the abolition of the NFA Council, which was announced by President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday, turns a blind eye to allegations of corruption and condones incompetence and mismanagement by the administrator of National Food Authority (NFA).
He then said that amid all this rice brouhaha, it is NFA Administrator Jason Aquino who should be replaced.
He also emphasized that abolishing the NFA Council cannot be done by any executive decree, it can only be done by law.
The NFA Council, which was created under Presidential Decree 4, as amended by PD 1770, serves as a watchdog against corruption in rice, including rice smuggling.
It was created precisely to guard against arbitrary or self-serving acts of the executive branch.
“As we see it, the NFA Council, with representatives from the NEDA, BSP, DoF, DTI, among others, acts as a check on the NFA administrator, who is currently embroiled in corruption and incompetence issues,” Pangilinan said.
He then said that if the government is serious in addressing incompetence and smuggling, it is the NFA administrator who should be replaced and removed from the equation, not the NFA Council.
“He and not the NFA Council should be removed from the public management of the country’s rice supply,” Pangilinan said.