Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Palace slams Roxas: "Mabuti pong manahimik na siya. Alam natin kung ano ang ginawa niya sa Yolanda"



President Rodrigo Duterte | Mar Roxas | Photo from CNN
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque slammed former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas for intruding in the issue when he offered unsolicited advice on the rice crisis saying that he should just remain quiet.

“Hindi ko pa naririnig ang kanyang sinasabi, pero dahil sa kanyang karanasan doon sa Leyte ay mabuti pong manahimik na siyang muli." he said in a radio interview.

Roque made the statement after Roxas - the defeated rival of President Duterte in the 2016 presidential elections made some suggestions trough his open letter on Facebook post on how the government can address the country’s rice supply problems.


Roque also recalled the heavy criticism poured over Roxas and the Aquino administration’s handling of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) relief goods distributions and rehabilitation efforts in November 2013.

Former President Benigno Aquino | Mar Roxas | Photo from Rappler
“Hindi po natin siguro kinakailangan na dumagdag sa ingay ngayon. Alam naman natin kung ano ang ginawa niya sa Yolanda, sabi niya ‘no one is in charge," he said.

“Hindi po ganyan ang kinakailangan ng bayan sa panahon ng aberya at hayaan na po natin na umusad ang mga proseso ng mabigay ang mga pangangailangan ng taumbayan sa mga ganitong mga panahon.” he added

Roxas being one of the Liberal Party stalwarts said that both him and Duterte should set aside first their political differences as most of the Filipinos wanted to resolve the issue.


"Dear President Duterte: Matindi ang problema ng P50+/kg na bigas, at magiging mas matindi pa ito dahil sa damage ni Ompong."

"Magkaiba paningin natin sa maraming bagay pero sa tingin ko lahat ng Pilipino gustong malutas ang problemang ito. Kaya time out muna."

Yolanda housing project of previous administration | Photo from Asian Policy

Roxas suggested that the administration should increase the chances of rice imports in the country in order to solve the rice crisis.

"Only a massive and immediate additional supply of rice can bring down prices to affordable levels." he wrote in his post.

He also added that to relieve farmers from difficulties Pres. Duterte should put all farmers and their families in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.

"Meanwhile, to ease the farmers plight, also consider adding all farmer families to the CCT program." he added.



Mar Roxas full Facebook post reads:

Dear President Duterte:

Matindi ang problema ng P50+/kg na bigas, at magiging mas matindi pa ito dahil sa damage ni Ompong.

Magkaiba paningin natin sa maraming bagay pero sa tingin ko lahat ng Pilipino gustong malutas ang problemang ito. 
Kaya time out muna.

Please consider:

Only a massive and immediate additional supply of rice can bring down prices to affordable levels.

1. Instruct that Minimum Access Volume be increased to 1.5 million metric tons.

2. Remove the usual bs imposed by NFA so as to allow any and all in the private sector to import rice

3. Proactively ask J
ollibee, McDo, Mang Inasal, SM, grocery, and supermarket chains, and all large users to independently source and import their own needs para di na sila makihati pa sa national stockpile.

In the short term this will: 
a) provide a definite physical buffer
b) put a definite timeframe for when supply tightness will end 
c) induce hoarders to release their stocks bago maiipit sila

Meanwhile, to ease the farmers plight, also consider adding all farmer families to the CCT program.

Medium term, additional steps include:

1. Repeal TRAIN as it pertains to fuel and other basic commodities
2. Promote industrialized farming so we increase capital investment (capex, technology, economies of scale) in agriculture.

Salamat po.

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Source: www.gmanetwork.comMar Roxas FB post