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Duterte to Piñol: Explain purchase of faulty farming equipment

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte said he would ask former Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol to explain the reported faulty farm implements distributed by the government to beneficiaries in Eastern Visayas.

“I think we have to call Piñol to explain why they went into a buying spree for machinery that could not be used. Was there a sufficient knowledge beforehand na itong mga machines na ito would really fit what is required in the field?” said Duterte in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

“Did they consult the farmers of what (they) need or for the sake of buying and giving it to the farmers and realizing later that they are not really, the machinery, intended to help the farmers,” he added.

Piñol previously served as agriculture secretary at the start of the Duterte administration before moving to the Mindanao Development Authority to serve as the government’s “point man” to the Bangsamoro autonomous region.

“I would like to call back (Piñol), he’s still in Mindanao, he’s doing his work there. He will explain to us why now it is now developing into a kind of problem. It’s not a mystery. I don’t know if it’s a miscalculation. The fact is we have machinery that do not really meet the standards, sa challenges ng rice production,” said Duterte.

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