DAR chief under fire: I’m no sacred cow


Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MULANAY, Quezon—“I’m not sacred and I’m not a cow.”

This was the reaction of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes to Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-Nassa).

On Tuesday, Gariguez said the chief of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) was “untouchable” and a “sacred cow” in the Aquino administration because the President would not let him go despite growing calls for his resignation.

“I’m sad that a priest said that. I’m just doing my job and will continue doing my task as long as the President wants me here,” De los Reyes said on Wednesday, on the sideline of a DAR land distribution program.

He reiterated his willingness to talk “with my beloved bishops to explain my side and the agrarian reform program of the government.”

De los Reyes described as unfair criticism that he had failed in steering the DAR to meeting its land distribution target under CARP.

“I’m doing my best along with the men and women of DAR,” he said.

Last week, 78 Catholic bishops, including Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, appealed in a letter to the President for De los Reyes’ removal for his supposed mismanagement of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). The Palace, however, chose to defend De los Reyes.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chair of CBCP-Nassa, said the bishops were just taking President Aquino to task for the promise he made to farmers in June 2012 that agrarian reform would be accelerated under De los Reyes and completed before the program’s expiration in June 2014.

Nearly 1 million hectares of prime agricultural lands remain to be distributed under CARP.

“This is what we’re trying to tell the President because he’s the one with command responsibility. But if the Palace says that they still believe in the present leadership of DAR, then in the end Malacañang should be the one held accountable,” Pabillo said in a report on the CBCP website.

“Our responsibility is to bring to (the Palace) the sentiments of many people—that there’s a clog and a problem at DAR and so the programs of government are not being implemented and there’s no justice,” Pabillo said.

“But if they stand by (De los Reyes), then that means they are complicit with what’s happening. They are the ones we should now hold accountable and, if in the end the promise of the President is unfulfilled, it is no longer the fault of Secretary Gil de los Reyes, but that of Malacañang.”

Pabillo urged the Palace to address the concerns of farmers about the slow distribution of land to agrarian reform beneficiaries and resolve the row between De los Reyes and DAR employees.

“The leadership at DAR should be fixed. Performance is slow as seen in its track record. If the President still supports (De los Reyes), that means Malacañang will have to answer for whatever happens,” Pabillo said.

“If the promise of the President is not fulfilled, that means it’s (the Palace) that does not want it implemented,” he added.

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  • $16638896

    anaknamputa tong mga hinayupak na pari na to, walang nang ginawa kung hindi makialam sa gobyerno..mga bwiset kayo!

    • Platypus09

      Show us the law that restricts them from saying something or criticizing the government. If there is none, then they are bound to say or state their opinions or protests.

      Now that they were triggered, then they will be out there like anybody else.

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Tol, ang dapat sa mga pari, tulungan ang kanilang flock na naliligaw ng landas. Bakit hindi ang morality ng prostitution, sugal at bisyo ang atupagin nila para mabawasan naman ang kriminalidad? Hikayatin nila ang tao sa church backed activities. Wag na silang makialam pa kung paano gawin ng pamahalaan ang pamamalakad sa mga tungkulin nito.

      • Platypus09

        Are you the law to tell them what to do?

        There is no law to tell them what to do or dapat like you are telling them what to do and what not to do.

        They will say things like you say yours. So what they did was just fine.

      • puroputak

        You are right, but its like telling someone to clean their backyard when your own is full of filth! Why dont you clean yours first?

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        That is exactly what I meant. The bishops should clean up their ranks of the scalawags (child abusers, scam artists and SUV extortionists) before they try to clean up their neighbor’s backyard. 

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        No I am not the law. The law is not a person. The law is written. 

        The church is better off if they concentrate on egging their lost sheep back to the fold. I think these bishops are failing miserably in their jobs that they now want to talk about some things to get out of the shenanigans of these SUV bishops.

      • magiting78

        Pano mo hihikayatin kung sa paligid ay mga salot….

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Ang tawag doon ay challenge. Hikayatin nila ang flock nila away sa prostitution, kabaklaan, drugs, sugal at bisyo. Simple lang naman di ba? Kailangan nila ng programa sa simbahan to bring back to their flock the lost sheeps. Yan ang trahabo ng shepherd.

      • $16638896

         Ok Father…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night


  • boybakal

    DAR chief under fire: I’m no Sacred Cow….

    I agree. DAR chief is not a Sacred Cow, he is more of a Sacred Crow.
    Always hark hark hark…

  • Platypus09

    He sounds like a sacred cow to me.

    He failed to do his job as mandated by law, and still working. He should resign, but our President is protecting him.

    This time, I think CBCP is right.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


    • Platypus09

      Seek a psychiatric treatment for your delusions.

      • willbillywilly

         Wake up from your fantasy because its true about their vast landholdings. Not only that, they are also among the biggest stockholders of top companies in the Phil. even in mining companies like Philex mining inspite of their clamor to halt mining activities in the country. You can check the PSE website to know the truth about their share holdings.  There you can see how much wealth they have, yet they will not dispose of it in helping out the needy. Typical hypocrites like the Pharisees during the time of Christ

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    The secretary is in a difficult position.His reluctance to resign will make people think that he is making DAR a milking cow because the milking process is usually low.

  • $20926843

    Of course he is not a sacred cow because he is a Filipino not an Indian!

  • entong238

    If you’re doing your job to the tee as you had reasoned out then why are many farmer beneficiaries grumbling anent the delay of their receipt to their titles? Also the distribution of the hacienda luisita property is until now in your table to rot despite the court order that such must be proffered to the beneficiaries. Your dilly dally action belies your talkative mouth Mr. Secretary. I salute these bishops for taking the blow gun to smear you and prod you to take action

  • sakinlang

     “I’m just doing my job and will continue doing my task as long as the President wants me here,”
    Gasgas na linya na yan, Mr. Secretary! Obvious naman na di mo kaya ang trabaho eh. Ano pang hinihintay mo? ALIS DIYAN!!!!

  • magiting78

    Walang sacred…pero hnd k nga cow…bukaw ka lang lolz

  • florence457

    If you aren’t a sacred cow as you claimed then prove it per distributing the lands to the rightful beneficiaries. What’s precisely wrong with you redounds from your insouciance to respond promptly to the solution of the problems  brought to your office for easement? Your insensitivity had caused all these furors coming from the concerned farmers who happened to be the flocks of these bishops who were compelled to be their point man to air their grievance against you and the President for the undue delay of their claims. Had you, if you’re not a sacred cow as you said did your job judiciously and handed over to the beneficiaries their intended legal share then applause should have been the reward of your good works and not the rallies and aspersions flung against your good self the result?

  • bogli_anakdami

    isama sa land distribution ang ari-arian ni kaskaser padre dumbasso… ‘sang tambaks ang kanilang land holdings, di naman nagbabayad ng taxes…

    at saka bakit “beloved-beloved” ang tawag sa mga kaskaker na yan?… bakit sila naging ‘beloved’?

    yun lang…

  • fernan107

    ang mga pari nakikialam na naman … maglinis muna kayo ng bakuran ninyong mga pari bago kayo mamuna ng ibang may bakuran….susmaryosep ka indo..

  • superpilipinas

    This guy is a clown. Aquino should stop hiring clowns. He probably does not understand what a “methaphor” means.

    He confirmed his being a “sacred cow” by implying that he does not care for as long as his god is happy with him. Regardless of what taxpayers expect of him.

    He says he is doing his best.

    To us taxpayers, his best is a joke!

    What a clown! But the laugh is on us taxpayer.

    Kaya please lang….do not vote for LP and Aquino’s allies!

    In 2010, I voted them against the lineup of Teodoro, Erap, Villar.

    They did well first 2 years. But after the FOI failure, COMELEC screw-up, RH as a priority,

    Never again. 

    • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

      “To us taxpayers, his best is a joke!” Have you ever checked the track record of DAR from 1988 to present for you to judge the person’s accomplishment and label it as a joke? I doubt it!

    • scorpio15

      Palitan mo nga siya superpilipinas at pati na yong lupa sa paso ay ma-ibigay mo.

  • Guest

    DAR Chief to the Bishops:

    “I’m no sacred cow but I love to moo a lot. Just like the senate and other government offices, we at DAR also have lots of MOOE. We just love to moo. And I don’t mind mudslinging using my cow dung.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLJTDAJBXYODZXD5KAK76UT73Q Nerraw

    I’m staying as long as the President wants me to stay, to protect the distribution of Hacienda Luisita, my milking cow.

    • scorpio15

      Panis na Panis na yan.

  • opps33

    why dont the church focus in saving souls instead of politicking

  • EOJ

    Are the priests and bishops sacred?

    I am sure they have more bones in their closets compared to de los reyes.

  • brunogiordano

    “Noong 1988, ang pamahalaan ang Inilunsad ang pamumula sa pamamagitan ng Republic Act (RA) 6657, naghahanap ang pamamahagi ng ilang 10M ektarya ng agrikultura lupa sa mga magsasaka at regular na manggagawa sa bukid. Ang pamahalaan ay nakadirekta tukoy na mga ahensya upang magbigay ng kinakailangang mga serbisyo sa suporta at iba pang mga kadahilanan na kinakailangan upang matiyak na ang socio-ekonomiya upliftment ng buhay ng makikinabang sa pamamagitan ng Executive Order (EO) No. 229. ”

    Ang CARP ay para sa upliftment ng buhay ng mga magsasaka at regular na manggagawa sa bukid.

    Bakit mga pari at obispo ang mga maingay na bumabatikos sa DAR hindi naman sila FARMERS at FARM WORKERS na makikinabang dito.

    Ano ang tunay na intention ng mga pari at obispo sa usapin CARP???

    Ang mga tao ay hindi naniniwala na ang intention nila ay ipahatid ang sentiments ng mga taong concerns dahil sila ay mga sinugaling at OBVIOUS na sila ay may hidden agenda dito.

  • blueglider

    Our government will never cease to suck the frustrations out  of us, ever.  The church has to redirect its focus on saving souls.  On the Sacraments.  No matter what.

  • Jack Phalaphitac

    Milking the cow, a case of. Well, we’d rather see them Damasos present solutions, offer alternatives, or they themselves solve whatever they deem is a problem confronting the nation.  For one, they can give these farmers seeds to plant instead of planting hatred in their hearts. 

    They seem to be everywhere nowadays after the RH bill became a law. They seem to want every arguable circumstance they can milk to, to end at Pnoy’s table.  Are they on the warpath against Pnoy?  Is it payback time? Positive, apparently. 

    Unlike during the time of the wheelchair riding cowgirl, now they seem to find flaws in everything the govt. has it’s hands on. They have ceased to remain silent and on the sidelines, not unlike they were during the cowgirl’s time. Make us think that there are  some things that made them remain on the sidelines before. And there’s something that made them grab the center stage and sing the songs of the the poor now. That thing surely, is not cow’s milk. 

    The DAR secretary has stated the obvious. He is not a cow, so Damaso, please do not milk him. Milk the cowgirl instead, ’bout time to resuscitate your symbiotic relationship.

  • JasonBieber

    You are indeed no sacred cow but in the Philippines under the PNoy administration it is better to be a PNoy KKK.

    Whether you have charges of graft or if you are incompetent or if there are calls for your resignation or plain suck at your job…if you are a PNoy KKK then you will be backed-up by PNoy and won’t face any consequence.

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