Duterte names Army chief as next head of NFA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) — President Rodrigo Duterte has picked Army chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista to be the new National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator.

At a command conference Sunday in Tuguegarao City, Duterte said he wanted Bautista to rationalize the current structure of the NFA.

This comes after the President said last week that he was looking for a replacement for current NFA head Jason Aquino who asked to be relieved from his post.

"He (Aquino) said he's tired and cannot cope up with the laro dyan sa [dynamics there] inside, which is always ordinary happening in the government because we cannot be in agreement all the time. I will scout for a new one," Duterte said in a televised interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sal Panelo

Aquino is facing calls to step down amid the rising rice prices and dwindling supply of NFA rice.

Bautista has yet to comment on whether or not he would accept the post, but he is set to retire from the military in October.