Arroyo heeds to Duterte’s preference to abolish NFA Council
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is heeding the preference of President Rodrigo Duterte to abolish the National Food Authority Council.
“If he asks for it, then we will work on it,” Arroyo said Wednesday when sought for her reaction on Duterte’s statement.
In his televised chat on Tuesday with chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo, Duterte said he “may recommend to Congress the abolition of the National Food Council.”
“It has not done any purpose and it’s not good. It only hinders the operation. Kasi it should be just handled by one man with the best interest of the nation,” Duterte said when asked about the prevailing rice crisis in the country.
Asked if it’s a good idea to abolish the NFA Council, Arroyo, who was president from 2001-2010, said that “if it’s a President’s policy call, we will work on it.”
After assuming the House Speakership in late July, the Pampanga 2nd District Representative had repeatedly said that her goal before stepping down from public office next year is to carry out the legislative agenda of Duterte.
The NFA has been criticized for the reported rice shortage in the market and the soaring price of the Filipinos’ staple food.
Duterte disclosed that NFA administrator Jason Aquino had already asked for his relief from the position.
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