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LOOK: Duterte taps DA Usec as lemongrass drink tester

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President Rodrigo Duterte couldn’t help but try some of the yummy products on display at the ONE Mindanao: Organic and Natural Expo at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City.

Duterte’s stopped by the display rack of Happy Farmer’s lemongrass water extract and thought of having a drink. But instead of a Presidential Security Guard testing the goods, he asked Agriculture Undersecretary Berna Romulo to try it first for security reason. The lemongrass drink was sold out right after Duterte took a sip.


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The multi-tasking Romulo, the alternate chair of the National Organic Agriculture Board, was pinching for her boss, Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, who couldn’t attend the evenet because he had to attend his mother’s 90th birthday.

Aside from Romulo, other VIP guests during the event were Senator Cynthia Villar, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, DA-11 Director Ricardo Oñate Jr. and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go in his role as official photobomber of the President.