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Imee steps up Marcos revival under Duterte: She wants Kadiwa stores reopened

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Senator Imee Marcos is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to revive Kadiwa stores in Metro Manila to address the high cost of goods and reduce poverty.

“Kahit mura ang bigas at sinasabing mababa ang inflation, mahal pa rin ang ibang bilihin lalo na ang asukal, karne at iba pa. Malaking dagok ito sa mahihirap dahil halos 60 percent ng gastos nila napupunta sa pagkain,” said Marcos who planned to file a bill for the Kadiwa revival.

Kadiwa stores – a flagship project of Imee’s father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos – would sell not only lower-cost chicken, fish, pork, vegetables and National Food Authority Rice but also instant noodles which has become a staple of poor families. She said the government would have to source these goods directly to keep costs affordable. Kadiwa and other Marcos concepts “BLISS” (low cost housing) and “Nutribun” (vitamin-enriched bread) were keywords in Marcos’ senatorial campaign ads. Marcos believes that Duterte would address rising food prices in his State of the Nation Address on July 22.

“Kailangang umpisahan na kaagad ang Kadiwa store sa Metro Manila at sa mga susunod na araw ay sa buong Pilipinas na ito gawin. Siguruhin ding merong mabibiling NFA rice ang ating mga kababayan sa ipakakalat na Kadiwa,” said Marcos.

The Marcoses recently set foot in Malacanang for the first time since they were forced into exile in the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution. Duterte has admitted his fondness for the late president who was allowed to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani just months after he won in 2016.

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