Sec. Piñol blasts gov't critics spreading lies: 'If I threatened the fishermen, go and ask them!'

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol expressed anger towards critics of the administration for allegedly twisting stories just to malign the government.

In a Facebook post, Piñol said he promised not to comment anymore but he couldn’t stand to not address another lie.

Piñol hit the person who posted a stolen photo with a 'malicious' caption, taken during his meeting with the boat’s owner and the cook, days after the Reed Bank incident.

The Agriculture chief started off by sharing his meeting with F/B GEM-VER boat owner Arlinda dela Torre and the cook, Richard Blaza. He said, he wanted to hear their side of the story and to check how further the DA could give further assistance.

“This was the same meeting where Captain Junel Insigne was supposed to be present but he backed out as he was not feeling well according to him.” Piñol said

“While we were conversing, our information officer, Solita "Baby" Onquit, told me that several media photographers wanted to take pictures.

“She asked if it was okey to open the door slightly so the photographers could take pictures from a distance and I agreed.” He added

“So, through the slightly opened door pictures were taken. I was aware that photos were being taken.Said Piñol.

He then shared the exact post of a certain Michael Varcas with this photo:

"Mukha ng taong tinatakot upang magsinungaling. Eto si Richard Blaza (boat cook) kinakausap ni DA secretary Manny Pinol bago humarap sa media. “

“This is how the critics of this administration distort facts just to push their agenda of destabilization.” Piñol said

“By the way, my dare stands: If anyone would like to know if I intimidated or threatened any of the fishermen, go to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro and ask them.” He added

Source: Manny Piñol

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