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Wala munang politika! Bam: Admin, opposition must join forces to resolve rice crisis

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Senator Bam Aquino has challenged the Duterte administration to “join forces” with the opposition and work together to solve the rice crisis.

He reiterated that the opposition is not out to overthrow the the government but is formulating measures to address the price and rice issues through “Oplan Ginhawa.”

“Imbis na magturuan, harapin natin ang krisis na nagpapahirap sa bayan,” Aquino said during his privilege speech on the soaring prices of rice and other basic goods.

“Nasa kamay po ng administrasyon ang pagpapatupad ng mga programa ng gobyerno. Tutukan sana ng gabinete ng Presidente para mabigyan ng ginhawa ang pamilyang Pilipino,” he said.

Aquino added, “Ang tunay na plano ng oposisyon ay magsama-sama, gawin ang lahat ng aming kayang gawin, ibigay ang lahat na kaya naming ibigay para hindi na po malunod sa gastos at hindi mamatay sa hirap at gutom ang ating mga kababayan.”

Under the “Oplan Ginhawa,” he gave three proposals to address the rising inflation to ease the burden of the Filipino people, especially the poor.

First, Aquino urged the government to fully implement the social mitigating measures under the TRAIN (Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion) Law, including the unconditional cash transfer program, Pantawid Pasada Program and the 10-percent discount on NFA (National Food Authoity) rice.

Second, he called on the government to replace incompetent NFA officials with people who can help fulfil the agency’s mandate, including the immediate return of the 15-day buffer stock.

Third, he renewed is call for the passage of his proposed Senate Bill No. 1798 or the Bawas Presyo Bill to stop the second round of increase in excise tax on petroleum products under the TRAIN Law in January 2019.

“Basta’t pagtulungan ng Kongreso–at certified urgent ng taumbayan at sana po ng Pangulo–kaya natin gawing batas ito bago mag-Pasko,” Aquino said.

“Tama na, sobra na ang pahirap sa taumbayan. Pagtulungan po natin ang Oplan Ginhawa. Pagtulungan natin ang mga solusyon sa krisis na ito,” he said.