Malacañang: “If there are sufficient findings, then heads will roll.”
MALACAÑANG — Here’s what the Palace said on the call of Senator Imee Marcos for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr to reshuffle the top officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
At a public briefing on Friday, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said that the investigation on the illegal signing of Sugar Order No. 4, which supposedly ordered the importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar, is still ongoing.
She said that the President ordered an investigation on who were involved in the incident the moment he learned about it.
“So, that’s how things stand right now, continuing po ‘yung ating imbestigasyon, ito na po ‘yung ating response… We laud, of course Senator Imee, her concern over this. Tama naman po siya… But we’ll probably go beyond that probably if there are sufficient findings, then heads will roll,” Cruz-Angeles said.
Cruz-Angeles also responds to the senator’s statement saying that the said incident was a proof that “smugglers are lording it over at the Department of Agriculture”.
According to her, the investigation on the unauthorized signing of importation order would be more extensive.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs and spokesperson Kristine Evangelista confirmed in a text message obtained by GMA News Online that the signing of the importation order is “under investigation”.
Cruz-Angeles earlier said that the President didn’t approve the meeting of the Sugar Regulatory Board on the importation. According to her, Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez had issued an order to create an importation plan on sugar.
She also said in a press briefing on Thursday that the authorization to import was “illegal” and the order appeared to have been signed by Undersecretary Leocadio Sebastian.