Duterte’s friends attempt to bypass quarantine officers amid ASF threat
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said some of his friends and the friends of President Rodrigo Duterte has attempted to bypass the strict quarantine protocols that was put in place to prevent the entry of the deadly pork disease African Swine Fever (ASF).
“Over the last few weeks, following the strict implementation of Quarantine Rules against the entry of fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, meat and meat products, friends of President Rody Duterte and mine as well, have asked for consideration so that they could pass through Quarantine Officers,” Piñol said.
“We are begging for your understanding because we could not exempt anybody from the rule that these products could not enter the country without the needed sanitary permits,” he added.
Piñol said he hopes that these people will understand the “dangers that their acts could inflict on Philippine agriculture”.
Right now, ASF, which killed thousands of pigs in different pork exporting countries like China, threatens the country’s hog industry.