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Apr 24, 2018 @ 16:58

Ex-Agri chief Alcala, 23 iba pa sabit sa garlic cartel

Napatunayan ng Office of the Ombudsman na may ‘probable cause’ para kasuhan si dating Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala at 23 iba pa dahil sa paglabag sa Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act kaugnay ng garlic supply controversy noong 2014.

Kabilang sa mga nadiin ay sina Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Director Clarito Barron, BPI Division Chiefs Merle Palacpac at Luben Marasigan, at mga garlic traders Lilia “Lea” Cruz, Edmond Caguinguin, Rolan Galvez, Rochelle Diaz, Ma. Jackilou Ilagan, Jon Dino De Vera, Napoleon Baldueza, Jose Ollegue, Laila Matabang, Angelita Flores, Gaudioso Diato, Denia Matabang, Jose Angulo, Jr., Raffy Torres, Mary Grace Sebastian, Renato Francisco, Rolando Manangan, Orestes Salon, Prudencio Ruedas at Shiela Marry Dela Cruz.

Sa isang resolusyon, sinabi ng Ombudsman na dapat kasuhan si Alcala ng paglabag sa Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Nadiskubre ng mga imbestigador na 8,810 import permits (IPs) ang inisyu sa pagitan ng 2010 at 2014 at inaprubahan ni Alcala, Barron, Palacpac at Marasigan sa kabila ng suspension order noon.

Ang mga importers at kasapi ng Vendors Association of the Philippines Inc. (VIEVA) na pinamunuan ni Cruz ay nakakuha ng 5,022 permits sa sa kabuuhang 8,810.

“Records show that on 24 July 2013, Alcala designated Cruz as chairperson of the National Garlic Action Team (NGAT) serving as the DA’s consultative body on policies and concerns of the garlic production and supply program,” sabi ng Ombudsman.

“At the same time, Cruz acted as representative of the garlic importers, assisting them in the processing of applications and issuance of IPs,” dagdag pa nito.

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