Senator Cynthia Villar reprimanded the Bureau of Plant Industry for not noticing the questionable importation of garlic.
According to Villar, the government agency clearly does not act, when there is lack of harvest for the said product.
Villar said, rather than act, the agency ignores the problem in order for the importation of garlic to be reasonable.
The Senator further added that BPI agreeing on the garlic importation is the reason why former Presiden Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino dismissed one of the agency’s officials.
“Titignan namin ang produksyon ng bawang since 2001 hanggang ngayon. Imbis na tumataas ay bumababa. Mas malaki pa ang produksyon ng bawang noong 2001 kaysa ngayon.” Villar said during an exclusive interview with DZRH. “Parang nagkakafeeling ako na ayaw nilang i-encourage ang local production ng bawang. Gusto nila mag-import na lang.”