Agriculture Secretary Dr. William Dar has been designated by President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Emmanuel Piñol who will be transferred to the Mindanao Development Authority.
This development was verified on Monday by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, a former President’s top assistant.
GMA News Online asked for a declaration from presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo but has yet to receive a response from this posting. A horticulturalist, Dar served briefly under President Joseph Estrada as Secretary for Agriculture from 1998 to 1999.
He was also the general manager of the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), an Indian-based organisation conducting rural development agricultural research.
Piñol had offered to resign and be transferred to MinDa following reports that Duterte wanted him to lead the agency last month, the president said in a television interview that he wished.
Piñol as his point man in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) because “no one on my side was speaking to the BARMM to create arrangements needed for this organization to develop and for their requirements.”
Duterte said the transfer of Piñol to MinDa had the consent of Bangsamoro rulers who voiced their fear about the scheme given the prior position of Piñol against the Bangsamoro’s fight.