Palace: Marcos won’t interfere in sugar importation probe

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — Malacañang on Saturday vowed a “fair and objective” investigation into the recent sugar importation issue, stressing that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will not interfere in the process.

“The president is objective. He’s leaving the investigation to be conducted without his interference. Kailangan fair (It must be fair),” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said in an interview with state-run Radyo Pilipinas.

Officials of the Sugar Regulatory Administration are facing a probe after signing an order allowing the importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar.

Cruz-Angeles earlier labeled the move as "illegal," and noted that Marcos – who leads the Department of Agriculture (DA)— rejected the proposal himself.

Malaking bagay ito (This is a big deal), because there appears to be an intent to mislead him,” Cruz-Angeles said.

“Is he supposed to uphold that? Is he supposed to go along with it? Is he supposed to trust that these things can work on their own, even if he has no explicit authority given to these people? Siyempre, nakakasama talaga ng loob ‘yun (Of course, that can cause hurt feelings),” she added.

DA Undersecretary Leocadio Sebastian, one of the officials involved in the controversy, has resigned and publicly apologized to Marcos for approving the order.