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Replacing NFA's Jason Aquino not enough, say senators

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'More needs to be done to arrest the rising prices of rice,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

Duterte replacing NFA administrator Jason Aquino

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The embattled NFA administrator asked to be relieved because he is 'tired,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NFA Administrator Jason Aquino on Sept 3, 2018 during a budget hearing of the agency in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Reorganize NFA Council, include agriculture dept – Villarin

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says agencies like the Bureau of the Treasury and Department of Finance should be booted out of the National Food Authority Council

NFA Administrator Jason Aquino during congress hearing on the 2019 proposed budget of the agency on September 3, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo, LP want Piñol, NFA's Aquino fired over rice crisis

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:50 PM

To help address inflation and the rice shortage, Liberal Party stalwarts call for the passage of the Bawas Presyo bill, which would suspend the excise tax on fuel under the TRAIN law

LP ADDRESSES INFLATION. From L-R: Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo, and Representatives Miro Quimbo and Kit Belmonte. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte won't fire Piñol, NFA's Aquino over rice crisis

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Maybe the laws are weak or are unenforceable. All we have to do is to improve on those laws, not necessarily fire people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RICE CRISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not fire Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino, and other officials over the rice crisis. Screenshot from RTVM

NFA chief faces graft complaint for misusing rice funds

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) The National Food Authority denies there was diversion of funds, saying that the money of the agency is 'in good hands'

Senate hearing on NFA Rice on March 15,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators want NFA chief Aquino fired over rice crisis

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Senators Francis Pangilinan and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV call for a Senate investigation into the rice crisis in Zamboanga City, among others

Senate hearing on NFA Rice on March 15,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rice prices soar as Duterte marks 2nd year in office

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Poor families suffer for almost half of the year, as they are left with no choice but to buy regular and well-milled rice

Duterte stripped Evasco of powers for being 'too short-sighted'

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says the government will import even more rice as he does not believe the Philippines can ever be rice self-sufficient

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea engage in a discussion prior to the start of the 24th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on April 4, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] The alarming depletion of NFA rice under Duterte’s watch

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Now we’ve run out of subsidized rice – the first time this has happened since NFA’s creation in 1972, or in nearly 50 years

Evasco and NFA Council, Guevarra on Napoles, Bureau of Immigration releases Fox | Evening wRap

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:18 PM

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Nothing anomalous in selling Eastern Visayas rice to Bulacan traders – NFA

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The NFA rice stocks had to be sold quickly because they were 'aged stocks,' claims NFA spokesman Rex Estoperez

Rex Estoperez NFA Spokeperson. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jason Aquino won, consumers lost in NFA Council shake-up – Pangilinan

Apr 17, 2018 - 4:51 PM

'Bakit 'yung may track record na malinis at nagpapaimbestiga ng mga iligal na gawain sa NFA ang tinanggal habang ang mga sangkot sa kurakot ang kinampihan?' asks Senator Francis Pangilinan, former National Food Authority Council chair

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Evasco out as NFA Council chairman

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) The removal of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr from the National Food Authority Council is a 'loss in our fight against corruption in the importation and management of rice,' says Senator Bam Aquino

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. Joining the President is NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte OKs gov't-to-gov't rice importation

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:19 PM

National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino has pushed for government-to-government importation but Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and the NFA Council have fiercely opposed it

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ on Rappler, Evasco on Aquino, Reuters team wins Pulitzer | Midday wRap

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:39 PM

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NFA's Aquino diverted E. Visayas rice to Bulacan rice traders – memo to Duterte

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr pens a confidential memo to President Rodrigo Duterte laying out NFA anomalies under Jason Aquino's watch

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House minority leader urges NFA chief Jason Aquino to resign

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'Ano pa ang hinihintay mo, 'di ba? Halatang-halata naman ngayon na kumikita ngayon ‘yung mga importer saka ‘yung mga hoarder ng bigas,' House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino

RESIGNATION CALL. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez holds a press conference on April 10,2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Duterte defends NFA chief Jason Aquino: ‘I trust him’

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Ignore the [NFA] Council which is mandated by law, go ahead and make the importations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino

RICE SUPPLY ISSUES. President Rodrigo Duterte talks rice traders during a meeting in Malacanang on April 5, 2018. Presidential Photo

Lawmakers slam Duterte's plan to abolish NFA Council

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Abolishing the National Food Authority Council 'turns a blind eye to allegations of corruption and condones incompetence and mismanagement by the [NFA] administrator,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

Duterte wants NFA placed under Office of the President

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The President wants all rice importation matters to be handled by Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. Joining the President are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary General Ernesto Pernia. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NFA rice shortage: Whose fault is it?

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The National Food Authority Council, says its spokesman, wonders why the NFA distributed a lot of its rice stocks to retailers during the harvest season

Tug-of-war between Evasco, NFA's Aquino continues

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Jason Aquino scores a win with Duterte's recent order for immediate rice importation but the President still leaves it up to an Evasco-led council to decide on the critical details. Rappler draws up a timeline of the clash between the two.

TIMELINE: Clashes between Evasco and NFA's Aquino

Mar 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Rappler traces important events marking conflict between the NFA Council, led by Cabinet Secretary Evasco, and NFA chief Jason Aquino, and how President Duterte has mediated between the two

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Anti-political dynasty bill, Quo warranto petition vs Sereno, Evasco on rice importation | Evening wRap

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 PM

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On Duterte's orders, NFA Council speeds up rice procurement

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The National Food Authority Council targets the arrival of fresh rice stocks by mid-May

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Food Authority (NFA) Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. on the sidelines of the NFA Council meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte doesn't want NFA chief Jason Aquino speaking on rice supply

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The decision comes after Cabinet members agreed Jason Aquino made a misleading claim that there was a rice shortage, causing prices to increase

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sereno to go on leave, Roque UN special rapporteur, Senate on Jason Aquino | Evening wRap

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:44 PM

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Senators, NFA Council blame Jason Aquino for NFA rice price hike

Feb 27, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Senators and the inter-agency National Food Authority Council say NFA Chief Jason Aquino caused panic among traders and consumers alike

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filipino farmers urged to sell their palay to NFA

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:24 PM

'We are appealing to the farmers to help us also. It is not only the task of NFA to ensure food security of the nation, it is the task of everybody,' says National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino

Malacañang on NFA rice shortage: More stocks on the way

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the National Food Authority Council has not approved the importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice because about 325,000 metric tons will arrive 'within the month'

NFA RICE. Malacañang says about 325,000 metric tons of rice will arrive in the country 'within the month.' File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

No importation approval yet amid NFA rice shortage

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:05 PM

National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino says their total inventory of about 1.2 million bags will last for only 35 days

LASTING POWER. Domestic rice stock is good enough to last 69 days according to the NFA. File photo by Rappler

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Lacson also files complaint vs NFA's Jason Aquino over rice smuggling

Sep 28, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Aquino, who reportedly has close ties to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, is a former Customs official whom the Bureau warned against in 2016

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE. NFA administrator Jason Aquino faces a graft, economic sabotage and grave misconduct complaint for supposedly allowing the smuggling of P34 million worth of rice. Photo from NFA website

Lacson files graft, economic sabotage complaint vs Faeldon

Sep 28, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says former customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon should face life imprisonment for alleged 'large-scale' smuggling of rice

SMUGGLING. Senator Panfilo Lacson files a complaint for graft and economic sabotage against Nicanor Faeldon and others allegedly involved in rice smuggling. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NFA assures public: No fake rice in PH

Jun 23, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Tests conducted by the Food Development Center on alleged fake rice samples have yielded negative results

BEWARE. Filipino consumers are being urged to be more vigilant in buying rice following reports, though still unverified, that fake rice might have infiltrated the Philippine market.

Did Evasco compel Jason Aquino to toe the line?

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Will President Duterte changing his mind about rice importation mean he ll apologize for mistakenly firing Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez?

NFA Council: 250k MT rice to be imported via private traders

Jun 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED The Council also introduces changes to the government to private importation scheme to guard against corruption

#AnimatED: Change is coming? Duterte recycles the old

May 15, 2017 - 9:00 AM

By naming soldiers to civilian posts Philippine presidents think they are able to tame and temper a politicized military

After Evasco, Go meeting, will NFA issue be resolved soon?

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Two of the President s most trusted men have a talk and make a show of friendship Does this mean the rice importation issue will be resolved soon?

DUTERTE'S TRUSTED. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco and SAP Bong Go share a light moment at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Security Briefing held at the Philippine Ports Authority Conference Room in Bohol on April 19, 2017. Presidential photo

Who is NFA chief Jason Aquino and why is he controversial?

Apr 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Bureau of Customs published in 2015 a notice to warn the public against transacting with retired army major Jason Aquino one of a few dozen employees earlier accused in the media of colluding with smugglers

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, April 10-16, 2017

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:17 PM

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Think tank to Duterte: Allow rice importation, end NFA monopoly

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Neither allowing the National Food Authority to solely import rice nor stopping all rice imports is good for the Filipino consumer or the Filipino rice farmer says an economic policy think tank

RICE POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Agriculture chief Manny Piñol check the quality of the rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation in Nueva Ecija. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

'Poor card' used on Duterte to muddle rice importation issue

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:05 AM

It s the moral obligation of those people surrounding the President to give him the right information at the right time says dismissed Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez

'MORAL OBLIGATION.' Former Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez says officials in President Duterte's inner circle should not abuse their direct access to him

Duterte orders NFA to prioritize buying rice from PH farmers

Apr 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells NFA Administrator Jason Aquino who is pushing for government to government rice importation to buy from local farmers instead

LOCAL PRODUCE. President Rodrigo Duterte checks the quality of the hybrid rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation at the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary Multipurpose Cooperative (NMAPMPC) Compound in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on April 5, 2017. Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Growing rift between Duterte's trusted men – Jun Evasco, Bong Go?

Apr 09, 2017 - 11:41 AM

The dismissal of an undersecretary trusted by Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is the first major outward sign of a power struggle within the Palace

POWER PLAY. Will the President intervene in an apparent power struggle between his two trusted men, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go?

Dismissed Usec Valdez to Duterte: Probe 'NFA syndicate'

Apr 07, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The dismissed Palace undersecretary asks the President to take a second look at importation schemes proposed by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino an ex coup plotter

CONFLICT IN NFA. Dismissed Undersecretary Halmen Valdez insists she and her boss, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, are working in the interest of Filipino farmers. File photo by Noel Celis / Agence France-Presse

NFA head faces sanction for impeding rice importation orders – Evasco

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The National Food Authority council has decided to extend the rice importation through minimum access volume scheme from February 28 to March 31

File photo by AFP