Published November 15, 2019, 11:59 AM
By Mario Casayuran
Neophyte Senator Imee R. Marcos slammed on Friday a plan of the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) to import rice in behalf of local fast food chains, grocery stores, and small supermarkets.
Marcos asked why a government-owned corporation under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would prioritize imports over local produce when rice farmers nationwide have been selling their harvest at depressed prices or even at a loss.
“The announcement of (DTI) Secretary (Ramon) Lopez is insensitive and ill-timed. Cheaper imported rice is not worth a breakdown in the livelihood of Filipino rice farmers,” Marcos said.
Lopez announced the plan to