Marcos heads agriculture in fear of food crisis

Manila, Philippines (AP) —Philippines Presidential Election Ferdinand Marcos Jr. expressed concern on rising food prices, partly due to the war in Ukraine, and farmed in preparation for a possible emergency. He said he would serve as secretary.

Marcos Jr. and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte will take office on June 30, after winning a landslide in the May 9 elections.

They take on difficult problems, including a pandemic-stricken economy of the coronavirus, rising inflation, unemployment, and long-standing poverty, rebellion, and political division, as well as increased foreign and domestic debt. Probably.

Marcos Jr. will serve as a temporary agricultural secretary to reporters on Monday after meeting with designated financial, trade and economic secretaries to promote a two-year coronavirus outbreak and economic recovery after the blockade. He said he would reorganize the Ministry of Agriculture to do so.

“The problem is serious and we have decided to undertake the Secretary of Agriculture’s portfolio, at least for now,” he added, “asking his key advisers to anticipate emergencies, especially when it comes to food supplies.” .. .. “

Marcos Jr. said soaring oil prices, disruption in agricultural feed supply, and the decision by Thailand and Vietnam to temporarily limit the major Filipino rice exports could raise food prices. Said there is.

Marcos Jr. has so far nominated about 20 ministers, including his economic team, extraordinary defense secretary, and national security adviser. The main appointed person in the spotlight is Juan Ponse Enrile, a 98-year-old retired politician and lawyer who is the president’s legal counsel.

Enrail led an army from the father of Marcos Jr.’s dictator in 1986 and escaped in a series of turbulent events that led to the “People Power” democratic uprising with the support of the army that defeated Elder Marcos. I was the secretary.

The dictator went into exile in the United States with his family and died in Hawaii in 1989. His widow, Imelda Marcos, and her children were allowed to return to the Philippines in 1991, funding to repair the names of families injured by human rights atrocities and looting during the Marcos dictatorship. Social media campaign.

Enrail then settled with Marcos and helped Marcos Jr.’s presidential election.