Growing rift between Duterte’s trusted men – Jun Evasco, Bong Go?

A rift may be widening between two of President Rodrigo Duterte’s trusted men, if developments in the National Food Authority (NFA) issue are any indication.

The first major outward sign was the dismissal of Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez, who works under Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr as his representative in the NFA Council, a 10-member body tasked with making decisions to be implemented by the NFA management.

Duterte’s move effectively deprived Evasco of his trusted champion and foot soldier in the NFA. As Evasco was building a case to fire NFA Administrator Jason Aquino, it was Valdez who coordinated with the NFA Council in his behalf. (READ: Dismissed Usec Valdez to Duterte: Probe ‘NFA syndicate’)

Evasco trusts and values Valdez because of their years working together in Bohol. Their relationship began over two years ago when Valdez, who hails from Balilihan, Bohol, asked Evasco, then an admired long-time mayor of Maribojoc town, for advice on local elections since she planned to run for local office.

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