Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol defended the government after former President Fidel Ramos said President Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days in office was a “huge disappointment and let-down.”
Piñol blamed the media’s negative coverage for influencing Ramos’ perception.
“It should be the media, it should be held accountable for focusing more on drugs,” Piñol said on Monday. Piñol had accompanied the President in giving P80 million of farm and fishing equipment to farmers affected by the cocolisap (coconut scale insects) infestation in Basilan.
Piñol said the administration, and the agriculture department in particular, has achieved much in their first three months in government. He says these were not reported by the media.
“We’re doing a lot,” he said. “Kaya lang walang pumapansin sa amin (But no one is paying attention to us).”
Piñol himself was a former journalist and boxing commentator. He wrote for newspapers and reported for radio, and also served as close-in writer to then President Ramos in 1992.
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Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella on Thursday said the Palace respects the opinions of Ramos – who Abella says is acting “like a father.”
“He’s not referring to the actual actions (of the Duterte administration). He’s referring to the public relations, foreign relations that tend to be affected by the President’s language,” Abella said.
He added that the public must be more appreciative of the president’s vision for the country.