Malacañan to Roxas : We don't need your advice

Malacañan to Roxas : We don't need your advice

We don’t need it!

This was the reaction of Malacañang when former Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer and senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II gave suggestions to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to lower the prices of rice.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque turned down Roxas’ advice, noting that Roxas was at the helm in the Yolanda preparations that struck the country in 2013 it was poorly managed. The secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at that time was Mar Roxas.
Former Senator and DILG secretary Mar Roxas (photo credit to owner)

Hindi ko pa naririnig ang kanyang sinasabi, pero dahil sa kanyang karanasan doon sa Leyte ay mabuti pong manahimik na siyang muli (I haven’t heard what he said yet, but because of his experience in Leyte, perhaps it would be better if he kept quiet),” Roque said in a interview over DZRH.

In a separate interview, Roque said if Roxas’ suggestions would be similar as to how he managed the Yolanda relief operations, the present administration would not find it useful.

Kung ang gagawin niya ay ibabalik niya iyong ginawa niya sa Yolanda, thank you very much po, hindi na po bale, (If he plans on recalling what he did during Yolanda, thank you very much, it’s not necessary),” Roque said over Radyo Pilipinas.

Mar Roxas in his bid to give an unsolicited advice to the present administration, in his Facebook post dated Sept.18 said : 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 usting malutas ang problemang ito. Kaya time out muna,” said Roxas.

His suggestions are for the government increasing minimum access volume to 1.5 million metric tons, streamlining processes imposed by the National Food Authority (NFA) to allow the private sector to import rice, and asking fast food chains to independently source and import their own needs so they no longer need a share from the national stockpile. Farmers should be added to the conditional cash transfer program to ease their plight. Moreover, he suggested repealing the tax reform program, and promoting industrialized farming.


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