Sec. Manny Piñol Expose the Fake News of PhilStar's "Scolding Story"

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol made headlines in the national mainstream media not for his good deeds and remarkable performance as DA Secretary but because of his alleged "No Show" and the controversial "Scolding" of the President. The news report posted by Philippine Star was indeed a fake news as they insinuated that he disrespected the President.



The Agriculture Secretary who is now considered as one of the most active Cabinet members under the Duterte administration also explained that the report also put malice on the statement of the President where he said "marami namang siyang pera, ubusin nya na ng gastos dito," making it sound like it was Manny's personal money.



Sec. Manny also belied the claims made by PhilStar that his absence in the Isabela trip was a "No Show," nothing could be farther from the truth. Although he was not present during the said event, making it appear that he was scolded is indeed fake news.

The Philippine Star also suggested that he was also absent during the Presidential Visits in the aftermath of Typhoon "Ompong." The news is highly inaccurate because Piñol was with the President in Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and Benguet, although he missed the Isabela trip where he was represented by an Undersecretary.

Here's the Complete Statement of Sec. Manny  Piñol:

STATEMENT OF SEC. MANNY PIÑOL
ON PHIL. STAR 'SCOLDING' STORY

The Philippine Star went to town with a banner story that I was 'scolded' by Pres. Rody Duterte because I was a "No Show" in a post-Typhoon Rosita briefing in Isabela on Nov. 2.



The story made it appear that I ignored the advisory received by my staff on Nov. 1 to proceed to Isabela for the Presidential visit.

The Phil. Star article also insinuated that my "no show" was a sign of disrespect to the President.

The report also put malice on the statement of the President where he said "marami naman siyang pera, ubusin nya na ng gastos dito," making it sound like it was my personal money.

The President, of course, was referring to the Department of Agriculture (DA) funds which I announced in previous engagements are ready for disbursement in instances like this.

When the Phil. Star said that my absence in the Isabela trip was a "No Show," nothing could be farther from the truth.

When I received the advisory that the President would visit the typhoon affected areas, my staff informed the Office of the Presidential Protocol that I would not be able to make it because of the traditional family obligation of visiting, offering flowers and lighting candles in the graves of our departed relatives, including my father.



The Office of the Presidential Protocol was informed that I would be represented by DA Director Narciso Edillo who will provide the briefing.

This is not the first time that a Cabinet Secretary who could not make it to a Presidential engagement was represented by an official of his Department.

The Philippine Star also suggested that I was also absent during the Presidential Visits in the aftermath of Typhoon "Ompong."

This is highly inaccurate as I was with the President in Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and Benguet, although I missed the Isabela trip where I was represented by an Undersecretary.

Although this is no justification for officials like me who are sworn to serve, I begged off from the Isabela visit because of a revered family tradition of spending All Souls and All Saints Day with our loved ones.

I have never missed visiting the graves of my father and relatives on this occasion, a tradition which I am passing on to my children and grandchildren.

In fact, in this last visit to the graves, I brought along with me my only grandchild, Duane, 4, who intently listened as I explained how my father died and how three family members perished in the Air Philippines crash of 2000 in Samal Island in Davao del Norte.



I know the President will understand.

I take the blame and apologize if the Office of the Presidential Protocol failed to inform him of my request that I be represented by another official in that trip.

Director Edillo, who represented me in the briefing said, the President looked for me but there was no "scolding" as the Philippine Star reported.

Allow me to publicly apologize to the President for my absence in Isabela.

Personally, I interpret the President's act of looking for the Agriculture Secretary in the briefing as an indication of the importance he gives to the welfare of farmers and fishermen affected by the Typhoon.

Tomorrow, I will proceed to Isabela to meet with poultry raisers whose buildings were damaged by the typhoon to help them market their chicken and provide support so they could recover.

I will also work on the Presidential directives issued during his latest visit to Isabela.

Thank you.

(These were the photos I took during the Presidential visit to Laoag, Ilocos Norte and Cagayan Valley in the aftermath of Typhoon Ompong.)

Source: Sec. Manny FB Page

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