Farmer in Ifugao sells squash to help Piñol’s senate bid

Former Agriculture Secretary and senatorial aspirant Emmanuel Piñol said he was deeply touched by the gesture of a farmer from Alfonso Lista, Ifugao as she sells her produce to support his Senate bid.

In a statement Monday (March 7), Piñol said he was moved when he saw the post of a certain Carmelita Caga who sell her five-ton ‘Suprema Kalabasa’ in order to finance the printing of tarps and t-shirts in support of his campaign.

In a Facebook post, Caga said “Kalabasa Suprema for sale Proceeds to be used for printing shirts and tarpaulin for sir #MannyPiñol. Location Alfonso Lista, Ifugao. Wala kasi ako pangkampanya kaya itong kalabasa nalang benta ko pang t-shirt at tarpaulin.”

“When I read this I felt a lump in my throat realizing how desperate are many of our farmers, pinning their hopes on a candidate who they believe could represent them,” Piñol said.

Like Caga, he said a lot of farmers and fishers and even agriculturists did the same thing as they are desperate to have a representative at the senate.

“They haven’t talked nor seen me yet but they have a very kind heart to help me in my campaign. I am deeply touched and at the same time naawa ako,” Piñol stressed.

He also thanked his supporters and vowed to be their voice in the Senate should he be given a chance to win in the coming May 2022 polls.

“I am not a thief, I will be your defender. We can achieve the desired pleasant life for you, abundant food, and many jobs for the Filipinos,” he assured.

It can be recalled that during his filing of candidacy in October last year, Piñol vowed to focus and help the agriculture and fisheries sector.

“I am heeding the call of the agriculture and fisheries sector to be their voice in the Senate and to stand up and ensure their well-being against the deluge of anti-agriculture policies and legislations which had made life difficult for them,” he said.

Piñol said his mission is clear and precise, turning the Philippines into a major producer in Agriculture and Fisheries in the world while at the same time creating income and more job opportunities for the Filipinos for them not to leave home to find work abroad