BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says the country’s poor could not benefit from former Senator Francis Pangilinan being with the Department of Agriculture (DA).
With him there, the Filipinos will go hungry, said Duterte.
President Benigno Aquino has appointed Pangilinan as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.
In relation to the appointment, Aquino also issued Executive Order No. 175, which transferred to the Office of the President 4 DA agencies which will be under Pangilinan.
In doubting Pangilinan could help the throng of hungry Filipinos, Duterte in the June 30 edition of Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CB, said the former senator could not understand Philippine agriculture and the plight of the poor despite his schooling.
He said Pangilinan belonged to Harvard-trained technocrats who cannot grasp the Filipino psyche and the food security situation. Like his failure on how to tackle children-in-conflict-with- the-law (CICL).
Pangilinan has been Duterte’s favorite whipping boy for his authorship of Republic Act No. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.
Duterte said RA 9344, which exempts youth 18 years old and below from criminal liability, spawned drastic increase in youth crimes nationwide
In the July 8 edition of the ABS/CBN program, Duterte blasted Pangilinan anew over RA 9344.
He and his RA 9344 are to blame for the increase in young criminal offenders, said Duterte who is pushing amendments to peg minority age at 15 years old.