Spox Harry Roque to Suggest that Smuggled Rice be Distributed to the Poor Through DSWD

The administration of Pres. Rody Duterte showed how serious they are in the war against corruptions particularly in the Bureau of Customs as they showcased the destruction of smuggled luxury vehicles earlier but in the case of the smuggled rice they will try a different approach.


According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. on Wednesday he would suggest during the upcoming Cabinet meeting that smuggled rice be distributed to the poor, instead of giving it to the National Food Authority (NFA).

Spox Roque was quoted as saying "That's probably something that we will be discussing to the next Cabinet meeting in March,” Roque said in an interview with radio dzMM.

The next Cabinet meeting of the Duterte administration is set on Monday, March 5. During this time, Spox Harry Roque assured some members of the media that he will brought out the issue of the smuggled rice and how it will be distributed to the poor.



The Presidential spokesperson of Pres. Duterte said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) could handle the rice distribution through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Recently, Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, recommended that smuggled rice be channeled to the NFA, to be sold at a low price.

“You know that policy is too long and it is not like (smuggled) cars that are being destroyed for a lesson,” Roque said. “This is really, because it is food, it may be necessary for those who are hungry, for our people."

Spox Harry Roque said his suggestion aims to prevent the possibility of smuggled rice being sold again to smugglers. This is the same with the case of the smuggled vehicles which the President wanted to end under his watch

Last January, the Philippine Coast Guard reportedly seized 60,000 undocumented sacks of rice worth PHP120 million in the waters off Zamboanga Sibugay.

Source: PNA

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