Marcos says food sufficiency urgent issue

June 30, 2022 - 1:20 PM
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Newly-elected Philippines President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, delivers a speech during the inauguration ceremony at the National Museum in Manila, Philippines, June 30, 2022. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos said on Thursday ensuring food sufficiency for a country battling soaring inflation will be among his top priorities as he began his six-year term.

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“The role of agriculture cries for the urgent attention that its neglect and misdirection now demands,” Marcos, who has appointed himself as agriculture minister, said after taking the oath as president on Thursday.

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—Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema; Editing by Martin Petty