Duterte looking for a ‘Chinese’ NFA chief

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2018 08:20 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he is looking for a Filipino of Chinese descent to lead the struggling National Food Authority (NFA).

Duterte said Chinese traders in the country are more knowledgeable of the rice industry.

“Ang NFA, I’m looking for somebody else. I’m looking for a Chinese who has been there in the business maybe 20 years,” Duterte told reporters in a chance interview.

Duterte initially considered naming retiring Army chief Rolando Bautista as NFA chief, but decided to name the latter as social welfare secretary.

The President’s decision to name Bautista as social welfare chief has been slammed by critics, who noticed the growing list of military men being appointed by the chief executive to the bureaucracy.

Duterte said he usually appoints men with a military background in the bureaucracy as they are more keen on following orders without asking any questions.

Meanwhile, Duterte said he was not going to appoint Davao-based businessman Michael Yang as his economic adviser because “he is Chinese,” debunking an earlier report.