Duterte appoints Piñol as MinDA chief
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol as chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
Duterte appointed Piñol on August 5, the day his successor, William Dar, took his oath as acting agriculture secretary.
In July, Piñol offered to resign following reports that Duterte is unsatisfied with his performance.
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But in an interview, the President said the transfer of Piñol to MinDA has nothing to do with his performance at the DA.
He said he needed someone who is familiar with Mindanao who can help in the affairs of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Piñol has been blamed for the rising prices of basic commodities and was called out by Duterte’s economic team for the “anemic growth” in the agriculture sector./gsg
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