According to retired Lt. General Antonio Parlade, President-elect BBM’s decision to handle the Department of Agriculture, albeit in a temporary capacity, is a master stroke.
Parlade agreed with Former DA Secretary Pinol that the cartels are now shaking on their boots, figuratively speaking and also DA’s budget will be harassment-free by the people who runs it – lawmakers.
In the next few paragraphs, General Parlade explained why he said PBBM taking the DA portfolio is a master stroke.
If I was not mistaken, the General anchored his premise on a paper about the critical role of our border maritime control to our economy which he shared the screenshot below.
The General wrote that an ordinary Department of Agriculture Secretary won’t be able to stop rice and meat smuggling, abolish the carter and prevent hoarding. The cartel he revealed is bigger than we imagine. And many officials of other government agencies are part of the cartel. But PBBM at the helm of the DA, dismantling the cartel is a certainty.
Parlade likened the dismantling of the cartel to ending our insurgency problem. Because it requires the President to chair for it to be a working whole-of-government mechanism like the NTF-ELCAC to end the local insurgency.
Parlade revealed that one of the reasons why the “players” don’t want a strong maritime defense because it will curbed smuggling. With smuggling contained, commerce is enhanced and more revenues generated.
If no one blocks the strengthening of our maritime defense, Parlade stated, we will have more floating assets (Coast Guard and Navy ships) to guard our maritime borders. Buying maritime assets is an investment not an expense, Parlade argued.
Lt. Gen. Parlade (ret.) ended the FB post by leaving us a with strong argument why building a strong defense security means economic security. In other words, they feed on each other and as a result, we can feed our people.
You may now read Lt. Gen. Paralde’s original FB post below.
PBBM taking the portfolio of the agricultural department? It is a master stroke sir.
Former Sec Manny Pinol said it bluntly. Nanginginig na ang cartel at hindi na kayang i-harass ang budget ng DA by the same people who run it – legislators.
This is something a typical DA secretary cannot do. Stop rice and meat smuggling, abolish the cartel, prevent hoarding. The cartel is bigger than we can imagine and many officials of other agencies of the government are part of it. It takes the Commander-in-Chief to dismantle it. This is like ending insurgency. It takes the President to chair the NTF-ELCAC for it to be a working whole-of-govt mechanism.
Back to the cartel, this is one reason the ‘players’ do not want a strong maritime defense. With strong border protection, smuggling is curbed. Commerce is enhanced. More revenues generated.
Kung walang kokontra, magkakaroon tayo ng mas madami pang floating assets, surveillance and interdiction assets, para lalo tayong secured. Investments ang tawag dun, not expense.
That’s how simple the national security ecosystem thrive, di ba mam Clarita Carlos ?
Your defense security translates to economic security and vice versa. They feed on each other. And then you feed can the people WELL.
Source: Antonio Parlade