Netizen Reveals Reasons Why Pres. Duterte is Obsessed with Rice (Bigas)

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A concerned netizen and one of President Rody Duterte’s avid supporter Lorraine Marie T. Badoy shared her insights and reveals the reasons why the first President from Mindanao is really obsessed with rice, the country’s staple food.

The concerned netizen shared a comprehensive post on Facebook how Pres. Duterte’s obsession with rice came into life based on her observation.

Badoy stated that there are many ways wherein the 71-year-old Pres. Duterte is attached to rice (bigas). The netizen recalled that when the President rescued some OFWs who were stranded in Saudi Arabia for 3 years, they were automatically enrolled in our 4Ps program as per President’s order and because, he said, “Para man lang may pangbili ng bigas.”

Under Pres. Duterte’s term, rice subsidies of 20kg per month per family who were members of 4Ps were given priority. Badoy then compared the gestures of Pres. Duterte to the actions of Pres. Aquino who gives 3 kilos for 3 moths to response the demands of the Kidapawan farmers.

Although not a President yet, Mayor Duterte was able to provide 15,000 bags of rice for the Kidapawan farmers, which showcased how he is connected with bigas.

Lorraine Badoy also noted that during the time when Pres. Duterte ordered the release of captured Vietnamese he made sure by ordering the DSWD to provide provisions which includes rice, because it is considered as Asia’s most important food.

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Here’s the Complete Statement of Lorraine Marie T. Badoy:

The President and Bigas

Here’s one of those things that I love most about our President: his attachment to bigas.

When he brought home our OFWs who were stranded in Saudi Arabia for 3
years, they were automatically enrolled in our 4Ps program—as per our
President’s orders and because, he said, “Para man lang may pangbili
sila ng bigas.”

And it was under his term that rice subsidies of
20kg per month per family started. That’s 20kg of rice that comes
between them and hunger and malnourishment. 

Compare that with
the enraging 3 kilos for 3 months the oligarch haciendero president
Noynoy Aquino thought was a reasonable enough response to the demands of
Kidapawan farmers’ appeal for help for them and their hungry families.
And where some of them were killed for the audacity to demand help from

And where we had to be the ones to remind those who sat in office, “BIGAS! HINDI BALA, MGA GAGO!” 

And by the way, Rodrigo Duterte wasn’t president yet when he stepped in
and sent 15,000 bags of rice for the Kidapawan farmers. And it is a
testament to his character that I can claim with a straight face that he
did all that not for press release but out of the sincerity of his
desire to ease the hunger of our farmers.

And when 17 Vietnamese
fishermen were caught fishing illegally in our waters, President Duterte
pardoned them and sent them off –lovingly even–with instructions to
our DSWD Sec Judy Taguiwalo to make sure they had provisions. And part
of these provisions was rice, of course. We’re Asians! We need our rice. 

And I love how our new DSWD Secretary takes her cues from our
president and puts inside the relief box for typhoons Lawin and Karen, a
pack of rice good for 3 days for a family of 5.

I got into a
conversation with Secretary Taguiwalo and she told me just how much our
President hates hunger. He hates the thought of Filipinos/fellow human
beings going hungry. And that he has, long ago, declared war against

That explains the president’s obsession with bigas.

And I love how this President thinks this way because what it tells me
is this is how he cares for us. That he really and truly thinks of us—in
big ways and in small ways. And that his heart really is for us.

Tutoong public service. Hindi puro ngawngaw lang.
I’ve been told not to compare—it’s bad daw. And not fair daw—to compare Rodrigo Duterte with Noynoy Aquino.
 I can’t help it for one thing. 

It’s like you’ve come from a really douchebag of a boyfriend—someone
you meant nothing to –someone who didn’t give half a shit if you were
cold and hungry—and then suddenly, you’re now with a man who loves you
so much and for whom the thought that you could be hungry is just
unbearable to him.

And he thinks of big and small ways to love
and serve you: from freeing us from the shackles of US imperialism to
making sure we have our cup of warm rice for dinner.

makes me remember the shit I’ve been through and it makes me see just
how far I’ve come. And it makes me profoundly grateful for what I have
now that it would make me want to be my best self and not take what is
in front of me for granted. 

Comparing that shit Noynoy Aquino to the awesome president we have now makes me celebratory.

It makes me want to give a most highly deserved and rousing standing
ovation to Rodrigo Duterte while raining confetti down on him.

It makes me see clearly. 

And it makes me dream big dreams for my country. It makes me hopeful in ways I have not been for a very long time. 

It makes me dare to believe that millions can finally be taken out of
the horrible nightmare of severe poverty and ignorance they are in. And
it makes me want to do my part—however humble—but this time, not from a
place of anger and despair but from a place of gratitude and hope.

It makes me dare to believe that our country’s best days are around the
corner and all that I had ever despaired to see is within reach– a
country where I and my children could live out our wildest hopes and
dreams, that I do not need to leave the land of my birth to have all
that I want to have. 

And that our country’s dry spell has come to an end. The rains have come! All that we had ever wished to be is now at hand.

This is what I see when I see our President’s obsession with bigas.

Source: Lorraine Marie T. Badoy

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