Agri chief faces graft raps from his time in Congress

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala was slapped with graft and falsification charges in the Office of the Ombudsman for the allegedly fraudulent disbursement of some P3.5 million in pork barrel funds intended for farmers during his term as congressman of the second district of Quezon from 2007 to 2010.

In a seven-page complaint, Ramon Talaga Jr. on Monday sought Alcala’s preventive suspension from office while the graft case is being investigated.

Talaga said that in 2008, Alcala allocated P3.5 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to support a project of an organization called Sir Pelagio Alcantara Development (Spade) Foundation Inc. entitled “Proceso sa Pag-asenso: Proyektong Lingap-Kalinga para sa Kabuhayan ng mga Piling Magsasaka ng Ikalawang Distrito ng Quezon.”

He said the project was supposedly intended to provide livelihood assistance to poor farmer-families in his district.

Faked signatures

A report submitted by the Spade Foundation to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, duly noted by Alcala, said there were 65 farmer-families that received P50,000 each from the capital assistance project as of May 15, 2008, based on 65 disbursement vouchers.

Talaga said the money never reached most—if not all—the named beneficiaries. He said a number of farmers who denied having received the funds through vouchers claimed their signatures were faked.

The farmers were being required to pay back sums they had not received for a loan or fund assistance project they never made or participated in, he said.

Talaga submitted a sworn affidavit of one Mario Magadia, a supposed farmer-beneficiary, who claimed he never received P50,000 despite a voucher showing he had signed it.

Talaga also cited 15 other sworn affidavits with the same complaint.

“It is thus plain that Mr. Alcala’s PDAF allocated for this project was not given to its intended beneficiary and, worse, documents pertaining to its disbursement were falsified with Mr. Alcala’s full cooperation to successfully defraud the government of funds intended for public use,” he said.

Dubious selection

The complaint further said that documents pertaining to the project showed the “dubious selection” of Spade Foundation as beneficiary considering that it is not even a nongovernmental organization based in Quezon province but in La Union.

It said the foundation’s articles of incorporation say it is not meant to help farmers in the province but to promote, undertake, manage, establish or otherwise set up funds for socioeconomic, cultural, civic or charitable ends for the poor within the Ilocano-speaking provinces.

The complainant urged the Ombudsman to also investigate and file criminal charges against Alcala’s alleged coconspirators, including Claron Alcantara, president of Spade Foundation, Pelagio Alcantara Jr., Dylan Alcantara, Crescencia Alcantara and Venido Alcantara, all directors of the foundation.

“Falsification and graft and corruption are malevolent acts that have no place in government. Public service requires utmost integrity and discipline,” Talaga said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Si Sec. Proceso Alcala ay corrupt? Talaga!!!

  • speaksoftlylove

    Alcala siguro niya lusot na yong ginawa niya noong congressman pa siya. Hnnnn… malaking posibilidad na lusot na naman ito. PNoy ihanda mo na kaagad ang pangpyansa dyan, as soon as possible.

  • Bayang_magiliw

    Talaga? Why just bring it up now? I see the hands of UNA and CBCP- Catholic Bishops and Crabs of the Philippines in this negative PR. They are trying to counter the positive news from the Economic growth and the improvements in agriculture.

    • IbigMongSabihin

      hahaha, may diperensya ang nilalaman ng message na ito. meron palang expiration date ang paghalukay ng corruptionj ng katropa ni noynoy aquino. kahit may dokumento ay di na pwede kasi expired na! ito ang klase ng pinoys ngayon sa bansa mula ng mag presidente ng little boy in a big man’s body. mga pinoys walang kakayahan para mag matured ang pananaw, kasi samba na lang ng samba. hahaha, meron daw improvements in agriculture, o. press release lang po iyon ni alcala katulad ng press releases niya ng iba pang kasinungalingan like noong 2010 na sobra raw ang harvest ng palay at thing of the past na ang rice importation, pero after ilang buwan ay millions metric tons ang rice importation. ugok ang naniwala, diba? then ang press release ni alcala ng 2011 na excessive ang rice production kaya sa year 2012 ay rice exporter na ang pilipinas na pinagyabang pang inulit ni little boy aquino sa SONA 2012 at palakpakan ang mga pinoys na maliliit ang ulo. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Ang ipinagtataka ko naman kung totoong corrupt ito si Sec Alcala, e bakit naman yata sobrang sipag niya buhat ng siya ang piliin ni Pnoy bilang Agriculture Sec at nakikita naman ng sambayanan ang buong katotothanan na napalago niya ng todo-todo ang agrikultura sa ating bansa in general at sa tanim na palay in particular…  Para naman yatang hindi kapani-paniwala na sa halagang P3,5 million, ay sisirain ni Sec Alcala ang kanyang integridad at kung ito man ay totoo, siguradong hindi siya ang pipiliin ni Pnoy in the first place…

    • John_Cruz

      Compare to Jueteng Payola P3.5M is peanuts. Very dirty politics only in the Philippines.

  • farmerpo

    A Shotgun shot in the dark. And the shell has a no pellets. 3.5m in the context of PDAF is not worth the risk of mishandling it.

  • elgeepee

    Perhaps this government official is truly corrupt. He does not even reply to letters sent to his office requesting assistance from farmers. Hopefully makasuhan din yan.

  • UrHONOR

    IMBISTIGAHAN ang lahat ng reklamo ng bayan….yan ang layunin ng Ombudsman.  Huwag tantanan ang pagtutuigs sa mga TNL na mga MMM na bansa…sa ganyang paraan lamang makikita at madadama ng sangbayanan na hindi sila napapabayaan ng mga tao sa pamahalaan na tumitingin sa kanilang kapakanan at kabuhayan.  WALANG dapat na kinikilingan ang kahit na sinupaman sa pagpapatupad ng tamang pamamaraan sa pamahalaan ng mamamayan.

  • bogli_anakdami

    hay naku, flips puro kayo mga gung gongs…

    walang mangyayari jan… ilang magnanakaws na ba ang sinampahan ng kaso, ni isa eh walang nakaloboso…

    mga flips eh gung gongs na, eh tinatanga pa ninyo ng husto… bwi hi hi hi hi pwi!

  • Rovingmoron

    My own theory tells me that this is the handiwork of rice smugglers whose businesses are threatened by DA Secretary Proceso Alcala’s recent pronouncement that the country would stop rice importations as the Philippines will become self-sufficient in rice harvests starting this year onwards. And the only way to destroy Alcala is through the filing of graft cases against him in the court of law. In this way, they can get back to their old ways of pocketing millions in commissions and profits even to the detriment of the country’s economic interests. It’s now up to the public to think and decide as to whether what they’re doing is right. How come they didn’t file these cases when he wasn’t yet a cabinet member? The people must use their common sense. Personally, I don’t know Alcala, and he doesn’t know me either. But the way the agricultural programs are going, I think we have a great agriculture secretary whose objectives could launch the Philippines into a rice exporter rather than an importer.  If the Philippines becomes a rice exporter, all the shenanigans of these smugglers will be over. That’s why they have to make strategies to get back at Alcala this early.

    • John_Cruz

      Those rice smugglers should also be ID and investigated. I think they are indirectly involved in the Antimonan Massacre!

      • Rovingmoron

        The PAOCC should step in to probe on this!

    • etomacq

      Harapin na lang nya kaso nya.. If he is guilty then dapat lang na magdusa sya.. if not then continue nya trabaho nya. 

      Mahirap talaga kung puro speculations lang tayo.

      Tama lang ginagawa ng Ombudsman. 

    • citizenH

      Good thinking. That’s quite an intriguing possibility.  Let’s keep our eyes open.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

      The charges were made long before PNoy became president!

  • etomacq

    Don’t worry.. sagot ni Noy pang pyansa nya…

    Puro sablay lagi ang mga appointed officials ni Noy, kaya puro balasa sa administrasyon nya.

    Pero hindi talagamatinag sina De Lima, Soliman at Paje..

    FYI…

    Aquino is a former senator who authored a bill (Senate Bill 1719) against re-appointment of Cabinet secretaries bypassed by the Commission on Appointments at least three times. He has reappointed Soliman and De Lima eight times and Paje five times.

    Kinontra nya sarili nyang Senate Bill??????????????

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/T7PT2JRMQRM5PTMFETXCUIHN6I Juanito Garcia

       maghanap ka ng mas malinis kay pnoy

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

        alam ko marami, isa ka na duon, sa tingin ko…..

      • etomacq

        Bakit mo ba nasabi na malinis si Noynoy?/

    • abner

       ganyan si panot…wala pala talagang tuwid na daan…liko liko kung saan niya gusto duon.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMQA5JDNNAY3CTREKDGKPNQD6A ronie

        tuwid yan para sa mga taong ginusto sya.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CK2S2T54AX7KUF4WL6LSZZR33M JOEL

      Kayo naman, meron kaagad na husga? Sino ang nagaakusa? Bakit kaya niya ginagawa yun?. Hay buhay!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

        mga kontra kay pnoy yan mga alaga ni gloria..he he he kilala ba nila itong si ramon talaga jr taga lucena city ba sila ako taga roon ..kaya alam ko likaw ng bituka ni mom

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    I think this is one of the cabinet members most admired or praised by Pnoy. Nabulagan yata si Pnoy.

  • TeabagDeluxe

    Baka yung mga magsasakang kasama sa complaint sa sabong ginastos yung 50k na binigay sa kanila at natalo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      baka nga at totoo si mon ang may ari ng bagong sabungan sa mayao panay derby don 

  • carlcid

    Alcala is a certified dingbat, but his fame as a crook has not preceded him. Either way, this is one incompetent dilettante who fancies himself as a visionary when, in fact, he is simply delusional.

  • marivon

    Lahat sila may ba—ho. Talaga was the mayor of Lucena City for a while and then the wife took over while the off springs cornered all  possible business ventures. Not sure what is the motive behind this complain. it is a thief telling on another thief. More fund in the Philippines if you are a pol pol litician

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    If this is true, Mr. Alcala must resign from his post  so that the president can appoint his replacement. He should also punish for his corrupt practices in accordance with the law.

    • magiting78

      Kung lahat ng mapagbibintangan at walang proof ay mag reresign wala ng matitira sa  Gobyerno baka mga komunista n ang mamuno sa atin…Mga komunista sila yung mahihilig mamukol ng tae…lolz

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Romulo-Cruz/1820100763 Romulo Cruz

    Talaga is a former mayor of lucena city who lorded it for nearly 20 yrs. when his wife was unseated last year, the nephew of the secretary became the new lucena city mayor. Mr. Talaga is trying to reclaim his old post and is severely threatened by the prospect of facing an incumbent city mayor who’s connections are dwarfing his current connections. this case is not the sole handiwork of Mr. Talaga, but rather this case is being masterminded by quezon polticians who are trembling at the prospect of the alcala’s sweeping the major political positions in the province. with the incumbent city mayor’s popularity rising due to his no graft no S.O.P. policy, the seemingly inevitable win in the 2nd congressional district of the brother of Sec. alcala, and the strong possibility of the alcala’s winning the gubernatorial battle, talaga et. al. (suarezes, tans) is now in panic mode. they know that much of the political strength of the alcala’s emanates from the agriculture secretary, so they are trying to tarnish his image to bring the whole alcala poitician’s down. they are just grasping at straws. by the way, i really don’t think a person who has a masters degree in graft and corruption should be the one to file corruption charges. Mr. talaga, who is an avid fpj fan should know this line: “pinuno mo na ang salop amon, dapat ka ng kalusin!!”. di mo na mabibilog ang ulo ng mga lucenahin, sagad na eh.

    • citizenH

      Correct me if I am wrong.  Because, usually, they just kill their opponent and intimidate others to get their way.  I don’t think they would resort to this form of blackmail which can drag  in the courts for years.  

    • batangpaslit

      comprehensive blog. good stuff

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Romulo-Cruz/1820100763 Romulo Cruz

         thanks

  • geminimind

    There are so many things we dont know about,just keep it coming for people to know even though it’s already past.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    Ito ang tuwid na daan ng noynoying administrator puro corruption, nagyayabang pa na mag export na tayo ng rice kaya pala walang pondo sa pagpapagawa ng iirigasyon sa bandang pampanga, kaya ginawa nalang ng mga magsasaka dun nag tanim na lang ng mais at kamatis. para hindi matiwangwang ang mga sakahan nila doon.. Hindi rin totoo na hindi tayo aangkat ng bigas dahil sa bocaue talamak parin ang pag iimport ng bigas galing sa ibang bansa at hinahalo pa rin nila na pambenta sa pamilihan dahil matumal na rin ang anihan sa Nuevaecija at Pampanga iyan ang totoo….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMQA5JDNNAY3CTREKDGKPNQD6A ronie

    ganun? member pa naman ito sa alcala ng tuwid na daan kuno. mukhang ang daming na linlang sa tuwid na daan na ito.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Talaga-ng ganun. May kanya-kanyang raket… May kanya-kanyang dark-side. 

    Sa tingin ko yung pag-papaalis ng govt kay corona ay 1% lang ng nangyayaring corruption sa govt. Malas ang PH kasi marami may klepto-maniakis ang ini-employ na mga officials. Yung bang ang nasa utak e “akin yun, akin yan, akin lahat at akin pa yun… etc”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Ang babaw mo talaga, Ramon!
    Naiinggit ka ba?

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      napalitan ng pamangkin ni procy yung asawa sa pwesto walang masilip sa pumalit yung tiyo ang uupakan  yan si magadia  tauhan ni mon..kilala ko yan si mon bengansador yan yan ang isa sa gustong mag dynasty sa lucena city
        

  • JasonBieber

    Graft case against an Aquino KKK? He is an Aquino KKK right? So if that stands true…nothing will happen to this case. In fact, Aquino will probably offer to pay the legal fees and the bail and maybe even offer the Palace lawyers. No Aquino KKK member has yet to face any consequence for any of their potential wrong doing. Actually, the contrary occurs…Aquino offers them new government positions.

    • etomacq

      True! Untouchables ang mga KKK. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRGQYNUDJZXCLCMTGHLFPCSP3E Dexter

    Give this guy some credit. He’ s doing a good job in DA! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      Maybe. But his alleged corruption in his previous life is another story. He has to face it squarely, minus PNOY’s intervention, if possible, like what he did to Nerius Acosta, Padaca, Puno, Torres who were all accused of corruption and wrongdoing but whom Pnoy willingly absolved.

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  • IbigMongSabihin

    “i still trust secretary alcala” – yan ang sasabihin ni noynoy aquino na usual bukang-bibig niya pag katropa niya ang involved. ok lang iyon, noynoy kasi you are but a little boy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      kung taga lucena city ka siguro kilala mo si mon talaga jr at kung anong klaasing tao siya at kilala mo rin si procy kung anong tao siya ..bago ka mag sabi ng ganyan siguraduhin mo na kilala mo sila ha hag yung maka batikos ka lang.. ako tubong lucena don pinanganak at tinubuan ng ng lahat ng dapat tububo..si procy ay tunay kung mag lingkod sa mga taga quezon si mom mayor lang yan pero may malaking bahay sa ayala alabang susyo sa bus terminal sa lucena na laway ang susyo pag yan ang kimnalaban mo may pag lalagyan ka punta ka ng lucena city at mag tanong sa mga tao isa yan sa sasabihin nila tungkol kay mon

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    dp……..

  • ApoLapullapu

    The timing is defective.  It is election season and the Ombudsman is swamped with politically-motivated complaints.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    iisa lang ang tanong ko sa inyo..ito:MGA TAGA QUEZON  OR TAGA LUCENA CITY BA KAYO KILALA NINYO SI RAMON TALAGA JR AT PROCESO ALCALA ..KAMING TAGA LUCENA CITY KILALA NAMIN SILA AT MALAKI ANG DEPERENSIYA NG PAG KATAO O PANINILBIHAN NILANG DALAWA SI PROCY HINDE NA INVOLED SA ANO MAN ANOMALYA YAN PWEDI MO SIYANG PUNTAHAN SA TANIMAN NIYA AT ALAGAAN NG MGA MANOK AT KAMBING SA LUGAR NIYA WALANG BODY GUARD SI MOM PUNTHAN MO SA BAHAY NIYA SANGKATUTAK NA BODY GUARD SASALUBONG SA IYO 5 DON KLASMIT KO NONG HIGHSCHOOL KAMI

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      Sa presinto ka na magpaliwanag, dre……hehe

      Seriously, if he indeed is not guilty, then fine, let him defend himself. Everyone deserves his time in court, fairly, KKK or no KKK…….

    • malek_abdul

      Proceso Alcala has been highly regarded by Ramon Tulfo in his column as rice czar. As per Tulfo’s article, Alcala has increased rice production and perhaps its because of his achievement that made the president boast that Philippines will not only be self-sufficient in rice but will soon become an exporter. Tulfo has been promoting Alcala’s vegetable program in Palawan of which Mon Tulfo volunteered his piece of land in that island to be the place of planting vegetables as its pilot project. I think Alcala is a straight government official and that this Ramon Talaga is only out there to destroy Alcala’s reputation.

    • batangpaslit

      diko nakuha Bro ang nasulat mo

      • akongednamzug

        Batangpaslit ka pa kasi. Yung brain mo, na ginagamit ng isang tao sa pag-iisip ay hindi pa develop.

      • batangpaslit

        chuckles….
        aha, so you’re the coach of Danilo Navarro how to write a blog?
        or,
        you are one and the same merely sporting different ID.
        you see, Tsong, Danilo, is not consistent in naming his characters.
        he has Ramon and Mon, he has Proceso and Procy.
        it is predictive that Mon is Ramon; and Procy is Proceso.
        but how certain are the readers that Mon is Ramon and Procy is Proceso?
        not all Ramons have a nick of Mon, neither Proceso goes by a pet name of Procy.
        but a lucid writer like Romulo Cruz writes with coherence and consistent in identifying the names of his or her character.

        be a learned blogger and you will not receive a kind of questions from me posing doubt of your ability to write comprehensively.
        hehehe…

  • rodben

    Does this Administration conduct investigation and punish Hon.Alcala if guilty based on these allege accusations, what like they do to Gloria, Corona and Gwen Garcia and other political opponent?

  • isidro c. valencia

    The alleged anomaly happened in 2007 and 2010. Why did Mr. Talaga open this issue in Feb 2013, timing for election?

    The question is: Who are these farmers? Friends of Ramon Talaga? Talaga rin naman.
    I understand Sec. Alcala is the author of Organic Farming Act, and co authored of Senior Citizens Act. Ano ba ang nagawa ni Ramon Talaga? 

    Taga Calauag, Quezon ako pero I never heard a certain Ramon Talaga. Talaga naman eh. 

    • Nutting Moore

      The wife, Ruby Talaga was the sitting mayor of Lucena City who was removed recently due to invalid candidacy. Replacing her was Proceso’s cousin, Roderick Alcala. Sourgraping lang itong sa Ramon Talaga na sa totoo lang, siya at ang kanyang mga department heads ang magkakasabwat sa pangungurakot sa Lucena City. Kasama rin nya ang kanyang anak na konsehal.

  • citizenH

    Great.  It’s time to unmask those people and throw them out of office once and for all. The system needs a major overhaul from top to bottom.  Too many leeches.  They are sucking the country dry.

  • Komen To

    Why is this report one sided? I did not hear Alcala’s side. Hmmm. I don’t know Alcala nor his deeds, but this report is alarming. Unfortunately, I’m disappointed with the partial reporting

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KBASTHHNX35MQQETPRNPZHS5IA Juan

    ako ay dating empleyado ng gobyerno. Inimplement ang Rationalization Plan (RATPLAN) sa aming ahensya noon June 30, 2012. Ang opisina po namin ay attached agency ng DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE. Noon July 11, 2012 nag issue ng WRIT OF PRELIMINATY INJUCTION ang QC RTC pabor sa mga natanggal na empleyado.

    The Management is continuously DEFYING and DISOBEYING the Court that issued a standing Writ of Preliminary Injuction against the implementation of its Rationalization Plan. More or less 600 affected employees not to mention their families and dependents, have been financially, emotionally and psychologically drained as an effect of the various ploys, strategies and scheme being used the management against them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Romulo-Cruz/1820100763 Romulo Cruz

     as the days go by, the former city mayor of lucena city (ramon y. talaga)is getting desperate; little by little, the incumbent city mayor (roderick alcala) is stealing his leaders and allies, and his bailiwick is being encroached upon by the incumbent city mayor who is a nephew of the honorable secretary (proceso alcala). since he cannot hit his main mayoralty opponent (malinis kasi),  he is muddying the waters by imputing a shenanigan that was supposed to be committed by the secretary when he was still a representative of the 2nd district of quezon. the former city mayor is hoping that by blackening the name of secretary alcala, the voters will reject the alcalas who are running in the coming may 2013 elections. once upon a time, ramon y. talaga is invincible when it comes to lucena city politics, but as we all know, everything has an end. mga lucenahin, iwanan na natin ang lumang lucena, ang lucenang may SOP, kotong at lucenang para makapagtayo ka ng negosyo ay may patong munang dapat ibigay.
    P.S.
    the honorable secretary is not affected by this case; a reliable source told me that he is just shaking his head at the audacity of the filer.

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