Philippines president-elect appoints himself agriculture minister

Philippines President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he named himself minister of agriculture as a response to rising food prices.

Marcos announced the decision on Monday ahead of the presidential inauguration scheduled for June 30.

He said food prices are expected to rise in coming quarters because of outside forces such as the war in Ukraine, which has strained global supply chains.

He stressed the need to address the challenges of rising prices and to boost food production.

It's rare for a Philippine president to concurrently head the department of agriculture.

During his presidential election campaign, Marcos pledged to slash the price of rice by more than half.

He appeared to be appealing to Filipinos by putting a priority on agriculture and food, a critical sector for many.