Arroyo says to back Duterte on NFA Council abolition

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 12 2018 04:27 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2018 08:26 PM

Arroyo says to back Duterte on NFA Council abolition 1
President Rodrigo Duterte and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo share a light moment during a courtesy visit in Malacañang on November 28, 2016. King Rodriguez, Malacanang Photo

MANILA -- Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Wednesday she would support President Rodrigo Duterte, should he pursue the abolition of the National Food Authority Council.

Duterte, in a nationally televised interview Tuesday, said the NFA Council "has not done any purpose and it only hinders the operations."

The NFA Council is an inter-agency body that decides food imports. It includes the NFA, the state grains agency, and government economic managers.

"If he asks for it, then we will work on it. Remember, when I was asked, I said I'm neither here nor there it can be abolished it can be retained but if it's the President’s policy call then we will work on it," Arroyo told reporters.

The NFA on Wednesday assured the public that its services were unhampered by the impending departure of administrator Jason Aquino who asked to be relieved from his post.