Ramon Tulfo will be sent by President Rodrigo Duterte to China as special envoy. Tulfo said Duterte wanted him to run for senate seat, however, Tulfo said campaigning entails huge amount of money.
“When I told him that a Senate campaign entails spending at least P300 million, the President said he had “a little amount” for me,” Tulfo said. “Plus, he would campaign for me.”
He said the gesture of the President “was very flattering but I told him I didn’t want him to spend for me.”
“The President said he wanted me to help him so I broached the idea of becoming a special envoy to China, which he approved,” he added.
“As special envoy to China, which pays only P1 per year, I could retain my public service program—Isumbong mo kay Tulfo—on dzRP, my bread and butter,” Tulfo explained.
As special envoy to China, Tulfo said he could bring in Chinese investors on agriculture and fisheries.
He said he has “been talking with Chinese government officials and businessmen in my visits to China since the President broke the ice with our big neighbor.”
“I found that China is interested in contract farming—leasing idle agricultural lands and fishponds,” he noted. “This means millions of jobs for our rural folk and the transfer of agricultural and aquatic technology.”