Piñol goes after Tulfo for lambasting DA for strict quarantine rules
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Raffy Tulfo may have been misinformed about the difference between African Swine Fever (ASF) and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) as he lambasted the veteran broadcaster for criticizing Department of Agriculture (DA) for strict quarantine rules.
“Coming home from a long trip to Abra and Mt. Province tonight, I was saddened to hear a report from Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Acting Director Ronnie Domingo that our Quarantine Officers were being lambasted by broadcaster Raffy Tulfo for confiscating cans of Maling from an OFW coming from Hongkong,” Piñol said.
“Siguro, kulang pa ang aming information campaign dahil pati ang isang batikan na broadcaster ay hindi alam ang kaibahan ng African Swine Fever sa Foot and Mouth Disease,” he added.
Piñol said Tulfo even went as far as using his influence as a media man to have the confiscated items released by the Bureau of Customs and returned these to the OFW who went to his radio program to complain.
“I will not give malice to the actions of Raffy Tulfo (the Tulfo brothers are my friends, their older brother Mon being the Godfather of my daughter, Dra. Josa) and I will not even blame the OFW for seeking his help,” Piñol said.
“But what happened was a serious violation of our quarantine laws and I will have to order an investigation,” he added.
Right now, BAI, which is under the DA, is on guard against the entry of pork and pork processed products from countries including China and Hongkong because of the outbreak of the ASF.
The ASF is a deadly disease of hogs which could wipe out our hog industry in the Philippines.
There is no vaccine or cure for the disease, Piñol pointed out.