Rice shortage has given a scare, and President Duterte will not hesitate to use police manpower to force open hoarders and cartels of rice. Malacañang has warned the hoarders that he will “use the power of the entire state” against them.
Roque, the Presidential spokesperson, said during a press briefing that this is in line with the president’s brief during his SONA last July 2018, that he will address the rice shortage issue of the country.
“Consider yourselves warned; mend your ways now or the full force of the State shall be brought to bear upon you. I am directing all intelligence agencies to unmask the perpetrators of this economic sabotage and our law enforcement agencies to bring them to justice,” he stressed in his third SONA.