Abolition of NFA Council should go through Congress – Sen. Pangilinan

admin   •   April 6, 2018   •   3580

FILE PHOTO: Former Presidential Assistant for Food Security & Agricultural Modernization Secretary Kiko Pangilinan during the Aquino administration and now an incumbent senator (UNTV News)

As a former presidential assistant for food security and agricultural modernization that governed the National Food Authority (NFA), Senator Francis Pangilinan has expressed disagreement over the issue of abolishing the NFA Council.

Sen. Pangilinan insisted that one of the functions of the NFA Council is to see if the country really needs to import rice.

It has also called for the investigation or audit of NFA rice.

Pangilinan said that during the Senate hearing, they found out that NFA rice supplies were being sold as commercial rice.

“Ipaliwanag ninyo bakit nagkakaroon ng diversion. Bakit nagkaroon ng 245% increase in releases of your stock? Where did it go?,” he said.

The lawmaker said there should be a law before NFA Council can be abolished; the president’s directive is not enough.

Malacañang said on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte wants the NFA to be under the Office of the President.

During the president’s meeting with the traders from Luzon Thursday night, they committed to giving 100,000 bags of rice every week that will be sold in the market at P37 per kilo through the NFA.

Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol said this system will be done until the imported rice arrives in the country.

President Duterte also appealed to the rice traders not overprice hoard the rice — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

Opposition coalition 1Sambayan to endorse 7 senatorial bets for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The opposition coalition 1Sambayan on Wednesday bared the initial list of senatorial candidates it will be endorsing for the May 2022 national and local elections.

In a statement, 1Sambayan said the following personalities will get its support in the upcoming polls:

  • Chel Diokno
  • Leila De Lima
  • Teddy Baguilat
  • Risa Hontiveros
  • Alex Lacson
  • Sonny Matula
  • Antonio Trillanes IV

According to 1Sambayan convenor Atty. Howard Calleja, the coalition will formally announce the endorsement of the full senatorial slate on January 28.

The group is supporting the tandem of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis Pangilinan who are running for president and vice president, respectively.

Kiko Pangilinan, Leila de Lima, Bam Aquino lead LP Senate bets for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) on Tuesday announced the nominations of Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Leila de Lima, as well as former Senator Bam Aquino, as its senatorial candidates for the 2022 elections.

In a statement, the LP said the formal nomination of Pangilinan, de Lima, and Aquino happened during the party’s virtual National Executive Council Meeting.

Aquino has yet to announce his plans for the upcoming polls.

The gathering was attended by LP party chairperson and Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Quezon City Representative Christopher “Kit” Belmonte, and former lawmakers Teddy Baguilat and Erin Tañada, among others.

The LP said it also passed a resolution endorsing Senator Risa Hontiveros and Atty. Chel Diokno as part of its initial list of guest senatorial candidates, for being aligned with the party’s principles.

The former ruling party also passed another resolution granting Robredo full authority and discretion in initiating talks and coming up with agreements, as well as identifying and assembling a united national slate of candidates for president, vice president and senators, “while respecting her preference on the elective position she may decide to run for, if any, with the full support by the Party as a whole.”

Robredo has yet to announce her plans for the 2022 elections.

The period for the filing of candidacy will be from October 1 to 8.

Lacson, Pangilinan slam Parlade over comment against reporter

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2021

Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.

MANILA, Philippines—Senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan criticized Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. for his comment against a journalist.

Parlade claimed that the journalist is aiding terrorist groups which drew ire from various groups, lawmakers, and netizens.

Lacson, in a statement, called Parlade’s remarks as ‘careless and insensitive.’

“Accusing a journalist of ‘aiding the terrorists by spreading lies,’ assuming that such comment was accurately attributed to him, surely does not help the government to convince the magistrates of the Supreme Court to rule in its favor,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pangilinan believes Parlade should be removed from office because of his unprofessionalism.

“Enough of this unprofessionalism and lack of discipline with such baseless, erroneous public statements. Like AFP Intel Chief Luna, Lorenzana should show Parlade the door,” Pangilinan said in a statement.

In a post on social media Parlade accused reporter Tetch Torres-Tupas of “aiding terrorists by spreading lies” after Tupas published an article on jailed Aetas. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

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