DA chief faces 3rd plunder case

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Friday, January 24, 2014


A THIRD plunder case was filed Friday against Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor) president Honesto Baniqued for allegedly plundering P1.07 billion from public coffers.

"Given past revelations made during the Senate inquiry on the Napoles pork barrel scam, P11.4 billion could have also been 'liquidated' by NABCOR and lined up the pockets of agriculture officials. This is due to Commission on Audit's (COA) citation of Nabcor's recidivism in not submitting disbursement vouchers for proper auditing," lawyer Argee Guevarra of activist group Sanlakas said.

Guevarra accused Alcala of conspiring with the Nabcor in siphoning funds allocated to the farmers and farmers' organizations to finance the losing bid of his son, Irvin Alcala, who ran for governor of Quezon under the Liberal Party in 2013 but lost to rival David Suarez.

The lawyer said Nabcor has been notorious in 2013 for facilitating fake projects in cahoots with Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam queen.

The complaint is the second plunder case filed by Guevarra against Alcala and the third filed against the agriculture secretary.

In December 2013, Guevarra also charged the DA chief for the alleged P457 million overprice in a government-government rice importation deal with Vietnam. (Sunnex)

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