MANILA -- Former Agriculture Secretary and incumbent Representative Arthur Yap (third district, Bohol) denied that there were over importation of rice during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Yap was the chief of the Department of Agriculture during the administration of Arroyo.

“Wala pong report sakin na may nabubulok na bigas at iba naman po yung issue na yan, tanungin natin dapat diyan ang National Food Authority. Let us revisit the figures bago tayo magsabi na over po ang importation,” said Yap.

Yap intends to call the attention of the DA, the National Food Authority and other concerned agencies with the alleged anomaly exposed by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III during his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday.

He hopes that the Aquino government will be fair in its investigation of the anomalies committed by former President Arroyo.

“If he believes that he has good reason to, then he will do it, he's the President of the Philippines but i just hope they will be fair," Yap added while stating that as a former Cabinet member of the Arroyo administration, he will be ready to provide clarification if needed. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)