MATAGAL nang humihirit ang NFAC na pinamumunuan ni Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco, ng dialogue kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ngunit tila hinaharang sila ni Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go.
Isa ito sa hinaing ni Chavez sa kanyang kalatas. Ngunit sina Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol at Aquino ay nakadidirekta aniya sa Pangulo.
“The NFAC members have also long been requesting for a dialogue with the President, again, through OSAP. This leads us wondering, how come Jason Aquino and Emmanuel Piñol, were able to get direct access to the President, when the Cabsec has been trying to get through the President from the gatekeeper (OSAP), but to no avail? To date, it appears to us that this request, along with the documents submitted by the OCS, which were personally handed down by Cabsec to the head of OSAP, have either failed to reach the President or have been tampered,” ani Valdez.
Si Evasco, dating pari at rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA), ang itinuturing na political genius sa likod ni Pangulong Duterte mula pa nang siya’y maging alkalde ng Davao City.
Napaulat na suportado ni Evasco si Valdez kahit sinibak ni Pangulong Duterte kamakailan dahil sa isyu ng rice importation at kinampihan si Aquino.
Ang NFAC ay binubuo ng Cabinet secretary, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) chairman, Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) president, Finance secretary, Trade Secretary, NEDA Director-General, NFA, at isang kinatawan mula sa sektor ng magbubukid.
Matatandaan, nabuko sa Senate investigation na ang NFA ay kasabwat ng rice smugglers noong panahon ni dating Administrator Lito Banayo.
Si Banayo ay kasalukuyang pinuno ng Manila Economic and Cultu-ral Office (MECO) na nakabase sa Taiwan.