MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol is a very busy man these days. First he has to deal with the short supply of NFA rice and the increasing prices of commercial rice. Then he also has to resolve the hot issue of the high prices of sili.
Well, problem solved, as far as sili is concerned.
Today, Piñol told The Adobo Chronicles that President Rodrigo Duterte has given the go signal for the Philippine government to import an undisclosed number of metric tons of sili from the South American country, Chile.
Piñol said this would greatly alleviate the burden of many Filipinos regarding their supply of sili and ensure their continued enjoyment of popular and traditional cuisine such as Bicol Express, sisig, laing and many other local delicacies.
Asked why PH chose to import from Chile instead of nearby countries like Thailand or Vietnam, Piñol said Duterte likes the rhyme between sili and Chile.
Well, whatever works!