President Duterte fires undersecretary over rice importation issues; more to follow

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FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte

It has not been a week since a government official was dismissed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

On Wednesday, in front of farmers who attended the Harvest Festival hosted by a private agriculture company in Talavera, Nueva Ecija, the President revealed he had dismissed an undersecretary.

The President said the dismissal was due to wanting to reverse the decision of National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino regarding the suspension of rice importation.

The President said the undersecretary favored private rice importers more.

“Kaya sabi ko kanina papunta ako dito, pa-landing sabi ko tawagan mo Malacañang, sabihin mo she’s fired. Pangalawa siya. May isa pa, may dalawa pang undersecretary. So bale at the end of the day mamaya meron ng mga lima in a week (So on my way here I said, ‘Call Malacañang. Tell her she’s fired.’ She’s the second one. There’s one more…there are two more undersecretaries. So at the end of the day, later, that would be five in a week.),” he said.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has confirmed that Halmen Valdez had been officially dismissed.

President Duterte reiterated he will not have second thoughts on dismissing any official under his administration that will be involved in any form of corruption.

The President has previously dismissed NIA Administrator Peter Laviña, immigration commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles and Secretary Ismael Sueno.

“I will continue to fire people the moment. The first whiff, if I’ve become aware of it. Although reports may not be true, you’re out,” the President said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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