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Duterte not ready to repeal rice tariffication law: I don’t want to have a rice crisis again

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is not inclined to seek the repeal of the rice tariffication law.

In an interview on ABS-CBN, Duterte said he fears that doing so would result in a “food crisis.”

“I am not about ready to that. I don’t want to have a rice crisis again because ito may problema, it is just a serious problem. But, kung wala kang pagkain para sa tao, that is different, you have a more serious challenge there, and maybe hard to resolve until there is really food on the table,” the President said.

Duterte also said the Philippines cannot be a rice sufficient nation.

“Remember, we cannot be rice sufficient, impossible, whether climate change, then you have the people, growth and yung mga na-mismanage na programs ng gobyerno. Dealing with it is really solving the problem,” he added.

To resolve the problem of rice farmers affected by low palay prices, Duterte said the government can “strike a happy balance between rice importation and the production of rice by the farmers.”

Wednesday last week, farmers groups submitted to the House of Representatives a petition with 50,000 signatures for the repeal Republic Act 11203 or the rice tariffication law that allowed unlimited importation of rice.

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