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Buy all farmers’ rice, Duterte tells agri chief amid drop in palay prices

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has a solution to the declining of palay prices in Northern Luzon.

“What the solution should be or will be for the Secretary of Agriculture to buy all,” Duterte said in a media briefing held in Malacañang Wednesday.

“Magkano ba presyo nila? Magkano presyo nila? Bilhin natin. Lugi? Lugi talaga. Are we wasting money? No. We are wasting an industry — we are not wasting an industry, we are helping an industry,” he also said.

The Chief Executive said farmers, however, cannot demand a price that is unreasonable.

“You arrive at a compromise of how much you are willing to lose a little bit. Huwag naman ‘yang paano. Medyo tapatan lang basta hindi malugi na ano ‘yung pagod nila but they are compensated,” according to him.

“So malugi tayo? Eh ‘di malugi. ‘Yan man ang… Kaya ako nagkokolekta ng buwis eh. Kaya ako happy ako pagka nakatsamba ka ng bilyon diyan na tax evader. But I can satisfy the demands of the people,” he said.

Duterte, meanwhile, defended the Rice Tariffication law that liberalizes the importation, exportation, and trading of rice, saying it is “intended to serve the greater interest the majority of the people.”

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