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Evasco denies corruption led to ouster from NFA Council: I can’t break Duterte’s trust

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Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr. has denied that corruption led to his sacking as a member of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council.

In a statement Tuesday (April 17), Evasco said he has full respect for President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to remove him as NFA Council’s chairman.

As a politiko for over two decades, Evasco said he has never been involved in corruption or investigated over allegations of wrongdoing.

“I can never break the trust given to me by our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte especially when he appointed me to the position I am in now, a position I did not ask for but wholeheartedly accepted…,” he said.

While Evasco said it was a “challenge” to be part of the NFA Council’s reform agenda, he said implementing changes were worth his effort.

Evasco was removed as part of the NFA Council since the NFA was reverted to the Department of Agriculture’s control. The council is now headed by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

The Cabinet Secretary urged his successor to continue the reforms in the NFA Council.

“At this critical juncture, today is the best time for NFA to move towards being a true partner of the farmer in delivering quality services, a true partner of the Filipino poor consumer in providing affordable and quality rice to the public…,” he said.