senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri is resigning the officials of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) who were involved in signing the illegal importation order for 300,000 metric tons of sugar.
According to Zubiri, if the SRA people have delicadeza, they should resign because of the illegal Sugar order No. 4.
The Senator made the call after Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said that Undersecretary Leocadio Sebastian resigned from his position as undersecretary for operations and chief of staff of the Secretary of Agriculture, a position also held by President Ferdinand marcos jr.
Cruz-Angeles explained that Sebastian apologized to Marcos for signing Sugar Order No. 4 without the approval of the President, the acting secretary of the DA, and also chairman of the Sugar Regulatory Board.
“This resolution is illegal. The chairman of the Sugar Regulatory Board is President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. As such chairman, he sets the date of any meetings and convening of the Sugar Regulatory Board and its agenda. No such meeting was authorized by the President nor such a resolution was likewise authorized,” according to Cruz-Angeles.
“An investigation is ongoing to determine whether any acts that would cause the President to lose trust and confidence in his officials can be found or if there is malice or negligence involved. In such a case, if such findings are made, then the only determination left will be how many heads will roll,” she added.
Zubiri asks SRA officials in importation of sugar to resign
It is said that apart from the resignation, they should still be charged because the SRA officials framed President Marcos, so they should be taught a lesson.
It is also a lie that the SRA officials say that there is no sugar, so Zubiri will also request that the importation attempt be investigated.
It can be recalled that Agriculture Undersecretary Kristine Evangelista said that the Philippines needs to import 300,000 metric tons of sugar to stabilize the price of the commodity in the market.
On August 5, the selling price of refined sugar in local markets has risen to P100 per kilo, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).