Poe urges NFA chief to resign over rice shortage out of ‘delicadeza’

Images from Sen. Poe's Facebook account/ ABS-CBN News video
  • Senator Grace Poe has urged the NFA head to quit his job out of delicadeza
  • NFA chief Jason Aquino has been accused of using fronts to meddle in local procurements
  • Earlier, the Palace also warned Aquino to shape up or ship out

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate public services committee, believes National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Jason Aquino should resign from his post due to his failure to solve the shortage rice buffer stock of his agency.

In an interview over DZMM on Wednesday, Poe said she has nothing personal against Aquino, but the NFA chief is clearly inefficient in his job.

“At sa tingin ko, hindi naman tayo kulang sa mga tao na maaaring magpatupad ng kanilang mandato na maayos,” Poe said. [And as I see it, there is no shortage of personnel to implement the agency’s mandate properly.]

“Sana may delicadeza siya na sabihin, ‘Paumanhin sa taumbayan, ito’y hindi ko nagampanan nang maayos. Magbibitiw na lang ako,'” the lawmaker added.

[He should have the delicadeza to say, ‘I apologize to the people, I was not able to do my job. I am now going to resign.]

The Malacañang Palace shares Poe’s sentiment; saying Aquino should now consider working in the private sector if he feels he is inefficient in his job and in his duty to serve the public.

Meanwhile, Aquino denied he is using two NFA employees to purchase questionable orders.

The NFA chief maintained he is not using any fronts and does not even meddle in local procurement process.