National Food Authority (NFA) Council Chairman Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr. on Monday said he would want rice hoarders to be charged with economic sabotage for deliberately withholding distribution of the staple food to manipulate prices in the market.
Evasco, who is also the secretary to the Cabinet, said the NFA must be “proactive” in monitoring and inspecting warehouses that could be hoarding rice.
“There is really a need to be very, very proactive on the part of NFA to look into the bodegas, warehouses managed and run by private traders,” Evasco told reporters in a press briefing after the NFA Council held its meeting.
“If they are found to be hoarding, prosecute, arrest [them],” he said.
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