(To check on rice crisis)Leni, Bam visit market sans Zambo LP Print
Friday, 07 September 2018 17:28

By Remus Ong

Liberal party leaders, Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Bam Aquino, visited the city public market last Wednesday to check on the reported unmitigated increase in the price of rice, an issue which has been affecting Zamboanga residents for several weeks now.

The two Liberal Party leaders, however, made the rounds of the market without their local counterparts headed by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar and other LP councilors who ran under the LP banner during the 2016 Presidential and local elections.

Government officials in attendance include Assistant City Administrator Cesar Raz and representatives from the National Food Authority (NFA).

The market visit of the top LP officials was followed by a meeting with concerned consumers, composed of vendors, tricycle drivers and stall owners.

“"Nakakalungkot na narinig natin ang kwento nila, na ang kinakain na nga ng iba ay kamoteng kahoy. Sana hindi na uli mangyayari ito. Ayun nakikita ko ngayon  na ang mga commercial rice is still at 54 up. It’s still high." Robredo lamented.

She said, however, that she already noticed the presence of NFA rice being sold at P32 a kilo, a situation that may bring down the price of commercial rice.

The soaring increase in the price of rice coupled with shortage of the commodity has been plaguing the city for at least a month.

Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has recommended the declaration of a state of calamity to address the rice shortage.

According to a City Hall statement, Climaco- Salazar was attending  another event when Robredo and Aquino made the market tour.

The Zamboanga Mayor, however,  met Robredo and Aquino later that day at a local university.

There was no information on the whereabouts of the Liberal Party councilors during the time of the visit.  (Remus Ong)