MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (November 19) said he has ordered Agriculture Sec. William Dar to suspend rice importation because it’s harvest time for local rice.
He clarified, however, that rice importation is still necessary to maintain enough volume of rice supply in the country.
“Ang problema, hindi ka kasi makaasa dito sa producers (The problem is you cannot depend on the producers),” the President said.
“Magsabi sila: ‘Makatanim kami. Ma-harvest lang namin, (They should tell us: “We’ll plant rice. Give us time to harvest) we can fill up two-thirds or one-third of the requirement.’ Correct. Iyan ang sabi mo, pero hindi mo alam ang sitwasyon ng mundo mo (That’s what you believe but you don’t really know what’s happening in your industry),” he added.
Even so, the President said he has no plans of suspending the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law because he believes the law will solve problems in corruption in the country’s rice industry.
“What is the other remedy? Nothing. I cannot stop tariffication. Why? To erase corruption,” he said.
He also stressed that balancing rice supply through importation will prevent ‘food crisis.’
The President, nevertheless, assured that the government is willing to spend funds to support the needs of local farmers. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines will expand its vaccination rollout for minors, aged 12 to 17, to 13 more hospitals.
President Rodrigo Duterte during his Talk to the People on Tuesday (October 19) announced that 13 more hospitals will participate in the vaccination program for the said age group.
“We will expand the vaccination of this adolescent age group of 12 to 17 by adding 13 more hospitals in the NCR. Currently, we have an initial eight participating hospitals and we hope to expand this number [of hospitals] and we also welcome the arrival of additional vaccines in the coming days,” Duterte said.
National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said they are raising their daily vaccination target to 1.5 million.
“We will be opening the general population, then the pilot of children vaccination, and we are ramping up the vaccination of students, teachers, and tourism personnel, OFWs, and seafarers,” he said.
Galvez said they can accelerate the vaccination of children to support the opening of the classes and economic recovery.
Around 1,500 minors with comorbidities were vaccinated during the pilot vaccination in eight hospitals, the Department of Health (DOH) reported. Among those inoculated, only four experienced minor side effects. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has taken the blame for the Philippines’ vaccine shortage in the early months of 2021.
During his weekly public address on Monday evening (October 11), Duterte lamented that it was difficult to get vaccines back then especially when the country has no vaccine manufacturing company. He said that the country had to fight with other nations just to get supplies.
Duterte added that he deserves the blame since he is the one seated in office.
“Iyan ang nakabigay ng problema sa akin at kung mayroon man nagkasala diyan, aminin ko na lang. Kasi wala rin ako magawa, gusto ko bumili, wala naman ako mabilihan,” he said.
However, the chief executive said the vaccine supply in the country has improved which helped bring down the number of cases.
He reported that the weekly average of new COVID-19 cases has dropped to less than 10,000 while the current reproduction rate of the virus has gone down to .77 percent.
“If we continue to ramp up the vaccination of our people, along with our consistent practice of mask and there is gradual resumption of our economic activities, then we can hope for a better and truly merry Christmas,” he said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (October 4) said he will prepare his defense for the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation after he steps down from office.
The Chief Executive made the statement during his regular public address on Monday night. He also appealed to the ICC and investigators not to lie and fabricate evidence.
“Sa maraming dada ng dada ng kaso, hintayin ko kayo. I will prepare for my defense na iyong ICC na iyan. Huwag lang kayong magsinungaling(To those who keep bringing up the case, I will prepare my defense for the ICC. Just don’t lie.)” he said.
“Hindi ko kayo tinatakot, huwag niyo ako dayain sa ebidensiya, (I am not intimidating you, just do not fabricate evidence against me),” the president added.
Duterte once again assured policemen and other local authorities of his protection as long as they obey the law.
Meanwhile, the president maintained his stand that the ICC has no jurisdiction over the Philippines.
“May sarili kaming judicial system dito. Huwag kayong makialam. At saka sinabi ko (We have our own judicial system. Do not interfere. And I did say) you never acquired jurisdiction over my person,” Duterte said. AAC
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