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Sundalong kanin! Duterte wants Army commander to head NFA upon retirement

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte wants Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista to replace National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Jason Aquino.

Bautista was offered the NFA post during a situation briefing on typhoon “Ompong” at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on Sunday.

“In the meantime hindi kita malagay sa Central Bank, pwede ka muna sa NFA siguro to rationalize the idiotic itong, para maplano make it structural,” Duterte told Bautista, who is set to retire next month.

“There is a dearth of substantial knowledge of where the rice is kung magka…. That’s why I need somebody I can trust at masabihan ko na fix that… So kung wala na ako ibang malagay so si Bautista muna,” the chief executive said.

Last Tuesday, the President announced that Aquino has asked to be relieved from his post.

“He is already tired. He cannot cope up [sic]… I will seek for a new one,” he said.