Latest Stories

Church to help farmers victimized by fake NGOs


San Fernando Archbishop Paciano Aniceto: No toleration of erring priests PHOTO FROM CBCPONLINE.NET

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—At least 500 farmers and fisherfolk in Pampanga who were listed as recipients of four projects by two nongovernment organizations (NGO) linked to detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles can seek legal aid from the Archdiocese of San Fernando.

“They may approach us any time through our social action center,” Archbishop Paciano Aniceto told reporters after he led the celebration of Mass for the 57th anniversary of the canonical coronation of the Virgen de los Remedios and Sto. Cristo del Perdon, patrons of Pampanga, on Sunday.

Through the center’s Fr. Francis Dizon, legal assistance could be extended to victims in Masantol, Macabebe, San Luis and Guagua towns, Aniceto said.

The Roman Catholic Church, he said, “is always constant in its protection of the underprivileged, those who are victimized by injustice, calamities and poverty.”

The four projects by Kaupdanan para sa Mangunguma Foundation Inc. and Gintong Pangkabuhayan Foundation in Pampanga were among the 124 alleged bogus projects funded through a P900-million share of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) from the Malampaya funds between November 2009 and May 2010, documents accompanying the affidavits of whistle-blowers showed.

The projects in Masantol and San Luis, worth P7.5 million each, were attributed to Kaupdanan while those in Macabebe and Guagua, also worth P7.5 million each, were traced to Gintong Pangkabuhayan.

Former and incumbent mayors said they did not solicit or implement the projects. Former Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman did not answer the Inquirer’s calls.

Registered in 2008, Kaupdanan is still an active NGO based on the general information it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 30.

An amended sworn statement it filed with the SEC showed that its project in 2011, worth P4.8 million, was funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the official name of congressional pork barrel, of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.

Done in Calasiao town in Pangasinan province, the project consisted of farm supplies, sprayers, seeds and fertilizers, similar to what were distributed in Masantol.

Only the supposed recipients in Masantol came out in November when they learned about the scam through a verification letter by Director Susan Garcia of the Commission on Audit’s (COA) Special Audit Office.

They denied receiving the post-Typhoon “Ondoy” Farming Yield Emergency Contingency Project of the DAR, worth P35,781 per package, in December 2009, saying they had no use for the inputs since there were no farmlands or land reform areas in the coastal towns of Pampanga.

They claimed their signatures were forged.

Their leaders have appealed to the DAR and COA to free them from any liabilities by removing their names as beneficiaries.

Without any explanation, the provincial board in 2012 canceled a planned investigation into the anomaly.

National Bureau of Investigation agents met with Masantol fishers in July and asked them to sign affidavits, the leaders said.

Aniceto said the social action center had a social justice committee, which could assist the victims. It may get official word from the DAR or COA that the supposed beneficiaries were actually victims and should be free from any legal case, he said.

In his homily, the prelate urged lawmakers who funneled their PDAF to bogus projects of NGOs used by Napoles to return the money to the national treasury.

“I think that is very just. I don’t know the way but justice demands that it should go back to the real recipients, since these are the taxes of the people,” he told reporters.

“Let’s not cry only. Let’s grieve because [these erring senators and congressmen and their cohorts] insulted God. They hurt God because they stole taxes from the poor, the money for the poor,” he said in his homily. “Patriotism should take the better of government leaders and employees to protect the poor and liberate them from poverty.

Aniceto asked prayers for government leaders and employees so they may emulate the Virgin Mary, whose hallmark was obedience to God.

“Our public leaders should live among farmers, fisherfolk, Aetas and workers so that they may know what poverty really means,” he said.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: fake NGOs , Janet Napoles , News , Pork barrel , Regions

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  6. DOJ to NBI: Arrest Cedric Lee, 4 others
  7. Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it
  8. Estrada, Gigi Reyes denied access to evidence from other respondents
  9. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  10. DOJ orders arrest of Cedric Lee
  1. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’


  • Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  • Drilon, Nancy Binay urge Filipinos to strengthen faith
  • ‘Yolanda’ toll now at 6,300 – NDRRMC
  • ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  • Moderate earthquake jolts southern Iran
  • Sports

  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • Business

  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • Technology

  • Netizens seething in anger over Aquino ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Marketplace