A news report published by Rappler.com titled, ‘New modus: Mix of grains, animal feeds sold as premium rice’, showed a photo of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas lifting an empty NFA sack purportedly containing imported rice from Thailand, which was used by the unscrupulous owner of the Purefeeds Corporation warehouse and a rice hoarder, in mixing it with rice intended for animal feeds, and selling it off as premium rice.
“The broken rice residue intended for animal feeds came from Vietnam and was being mixed with the Blue Diamond rice imported from Thailand, and then repacked and being sold as “Golden Bee” Premium Sinandomeng rice,” said Roxas in a statement.
It is good to know how things are deceitfully done by conscienceless people for profit at the expense of their own struggling, but trusting compatriots, who do not know any better.
Perhaps it is even wise to question that if Purefeeds illegally imported the 32,500 bags of imported commercial rice, as reported, and neither are they authorized to sell rice commercially, could the presence of rice intended for animal feeds mean also that it has been illegally obtained?
But that is neither here nor there.
My point here is that, while the raid may have been successful in uncovering a malicious and unhealthy scam that may be happening all over the country already, was it necessary really for Roxas to lead the rice hoarding bust?
Whatever Roxas does this time, like going after those behind corrupt-related activities and having photo opportunities after, can only be construed as politicking, especially that he is perceived to be running for president in the 2016 elections under the Liberal Party.
Can’t his police generals do what he did in accompanying Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agriculture, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, and the other government agencies to make the necessary inspection, apprehension and filing of charges?
I think it would have made more of an impact for Roxas and his job as DILG secretary if he was seen as leading and orchestrating from behind rather than being at the forefront of it all. When high ranking police officials move in controversial cases like this, one could only understand that the orders come from their head and surely he gets the kudos for being on top of the situation.
Somebody should start reminding Roxas that micromanaging the affairs of his department won’t boast his sagging (damaged?) political image at all and much less make him an outright attractive presidential timber.