Senator Imee Marcos called on the Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez to junk the plan to import more rice in behalf of local fastfood chains, grocery stores, and small supermarkets.
Lopez earlier announced the plan in an international rice conference.
The Ilocos Norte politiko questioned the wisdom of the move amid farmers selling their harvest at depressed prices.
“Where is our conscience and what got into the heads of these businessmen who choose foreign goods over our very own at a time of crisis?” Marcos asked.
“Have pity on our rice farmers who could hardly make a living. Just drop it!” she added.