Gov’t agencies unaware of new Malampaya scam


MASANTOL, Pampanga—An emergency agricultural aid project funded by government’s share of royalties from the Malampaya gas project in Palawan did not have the cooperation of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Central Luzon or the local government here, officials said on Saturday.

“It did not pass through the DAR regional office,” said Agrarian Reform Assistant Secretary Teofilo Inocencio, a former DAR Central Luzon director, when asked for details regarding the agency’s Farming Yield Emergency Contingency Project in 2009.

Some supposed beneficiaries of this project denied having received agricultural input packages, each worth P35,781, that consisted of a heavy-duty sprayer, an organized container, farming paraphernalia, gloves, various seeds and seedlings.

The farmers also reported that their signatures, which appeared on DAR documents, were falsified.

The Commission on Audit’s (COA)  special audits office has been conducting a sectoral performance audit on the project, which the DAR implemented through Kaupdanan para sa Mangunguma Foundation Inc. (KMFI).

Arnel Cunanan, Teody Salarda and Gerry Viray, all fishermen, said they learned about the project’s anomalies through letters sent to them by Susan Garcia, COA director of the special audits office, who asked them to confirm if they received the kits.

According to documents, the kits would have cost the government P89.2 million.

Former Vice Mayor Marcelo Lacap Jr. said he has tried to communicate with COA, on behalf of the supposed recipients who want to be removed from the lists.

“My town mates are worried because they are afraid that the amount would be charged to them, or that they may face charges and be jailed. They are only subsistence fishermen. To earn more, they double up as caretaker of fishponds. They must be cleared [of any liability],” Lacap said.

Mayor Peter Flores said he does not remember meeting DAR employees or KMFI coordinators about the project.

“My God, I don’t even know that they coordinated with me,” Flores said. “Whoever did that does not know Masantol. Most of the lands here are used for fishponds. We don’t have agrarian reform communities.”

An online check revealed that KMFI operates at L10 Phase 3, Rosal St., TS Cruz Subdivision, Almanza Dos in Las Piñas City.

Pampanga Board Member Nestor Tolentino said the irregularity “must be threshed out,” suggesting that the provincial board’s agriculture committee should initiate an investigation.

Lacap said he and the fishermen are trying to find out who supplied their names to KMFI.

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  • EdgarEdgar

    Another opportunity for Noynoy to fabricate charges against the little girl. Even as our ugly bald gay president Noynoy lay dying and gasping for precious breath in the capital of the formerly great Kingdom of Cambodia, he is already plotting another trumped-up charge against our little lady of VMMC. At this point, our gay president Noynoy is so ill that there’s no telling whether he can come out alive from his unidentified and contagious ailment. Even as he hangs on to dear life, Noynoy still has time for evil thoughts, words and deeds. The late Martial Law subversive Ninoy was right in saying — the evil that men do lives after them. Our gay president Noynoy is the very evil seed brought into being and made flesh by the late troublemaker Ninoy. The evil plans and schemes of Noynoy will continue to wreak havoc on us long after he has been buried six feet under the ground. Such is the fate of this nation.

    • jeffrey_01

      lets wait for his reply.  maybe you’re the Malampaya scammer because you reacted by finger pointing.

      • EdgarEdgar

        giving our gay mongoloid president a dose of his own.

      • Pongkam

        Let GMA answer this, the truth will always come out. I’m just surprise how quick you are to accuse Pinoy of wrongdoing when it’s your GMA who’s the subject here.

      • EdgarEdgar

        In case you haven’t noticed, even the SC under Sereno had to throw out Sandiganbayan’s hastily fabricated OWWA Funds scam against GMA for sheer lack of merit. Same goes for the evidence of electoral sabotage which was too weak to warrant detention. You can pretend that this is akin to comparing apples and oranges or even pongkams but the pattern of oppression and abuse of state powers are unmistakable and discernible. Let GMA answer by all means. But do not let the law be used to oppress people Noynoy happens to dislike. Nor should allow the selective application of the law prevail lest it undermine the rule of law.

        Here are two puzzles you might be able to help me with: (1) Why was Miro Quimbo not charged together with Delfin Lee for the P7 billion Globe Asiatique scam when DoJ De Lima’s recommendation to the Ombudsman last Feb 2012 was for his inclusion in the charges? (2) Why was Puno allowed to get away with destruction of evidence in Robredo’s office with not so much an independent investigation being conducted?

        Being fair is neither Pro-Noynoy nor Anti-Noynoy. Being fair should not be a partisan issue. Being fair is the responsibility of every Filipino. If you love your country, why would you turn a blind eye to what Noynoy is doing wrong?

    • Lemuel

      and the plot thickens . . . .  eh? I’m just surprised why topics like this doesn’t gather much attention as with other articles with Pacquiao as the topic? Maybe too complicated for their hollow heads and too hot to handle. tsk, tsk, tsk.

      • EdgarEdgar

        plots like this and sweetheart deal behind PPPs usually escape public scrutiny.

      • Lemuel

        you said it!

  • jeffrey_01

    who authorized the withdrawal and who withdraw are the primary suspects.  the paper trails should be traceable.

    media people should ask DAR about this.  what’s the process in releasing the money from DAR.

  • Opel

    hindi pa natututuro may pakana, minumura na ang presidente napaka defensive naman ng mga buwaya at alipores nito. after plundering the national treasury the thieves should not expect kind words from the people, the term buwaya  will not be even be enough to describe their character and the imputation of the term to these officials will even do injustice to the crocodiles.

  • opinyonlangpo

    This is one way on how government officials steal from the government. Those found guilty should be given the death penalty to discourage future corruption. I doubt it though, next time these concerned officials will be running for congress or senate and worst maybe for the presidency.

  • Lemuel

    Sana yung proceed ng project na ito napunta sa oil reserve ng bansa para incase of emergency in prices and supply meron tayong mapagkukunan to help the public. something like the oil price estabilization fund. Sabi kasi noon ng gobyerno natin, pagnakahanap tayo ng oil resource yayaman na ang Pilipinas. Matagal na ngang nakahanap pero wala parin nangyari sa Pilipinas lalo na sa mga Provinces na dukha. Kaya nagpunta lahat ng tao natin sa Metro Manila kasi yung mga probinsiya napapabayaan alang makitang hanapbuhay. Sana equal distribution of the Nation’s Wealth to all provinces para buong parte ng Pilipinas umunlad. Wala na ang bayanihan, wala na ang pinaghirapan ng mga veterano at bayani, wala na patriotismo sa bayan …. kundi kanya kanyang interes nalang. Sana lahat buklodbuklod laban sa mapang-aping pansariling interes at ibalik ang Patriotismo sa bayan at ibalik ang BAYANIHAN. Sana . . .

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