Duterte eyes retiring Army chief as NFA administrator

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Posted at Sep 16 2018 04:10 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2018 05:04 PM

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MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he is thinking of appointing an Army official as the new administrator of National Food Authority (NFA).

In a command conference in Tuguegarao City following Ompong's onslaught, Duterte said he wants Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista to head the NFA when he retires in October this year.

"In the meantime na hindi kita malagay sa Central Bank, puwede ka muna sa NFA siguro to rationalize the idiotic... para maplano, make it structural," Duterte told Bautista. 

(In the meantime, while I cannot put you yet in the Central Bank, maybe you can be with NFA to rationalize that idiotic... to come up with a plan and make it structural.)

In the same conference, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello told Duterte that leadership in the NFA is needed to immediately respond to the typhoon-hit areas.

Duterte had earlier said incumbent NFA administrator Jason Aquino had asked to be relieved from his post. "He's tired and cannot cope with laro (workings) diyan sa inside," the President said. 

Rice saw inflation of 7.1 percent in August, while the headline rate accelerated to 6.4 percent. The government has set measures to tame prices, including pushing for tariffs in place of import quotas.