DA chief Alcala now faces 3rd plunder complaint

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 24 2014 12:16 PM | Updated as of Jan 25 2014 01:44 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - Lawyer Argee Guevarra of activist group Sanlakas today filed an 18-page plunder complaint before the Office of Ombudsman against Agriculture Secretary and National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor) chair Proceso Alcala and Nabcor president and chief executive officer Honesto Baniqued.

Guevarra accused Alcala and Baniqued of plundering at least P1.07 billion from public coffers, and hinted that a whopping P11.4 billion could also have been pocketed by agriculture officials based on the Annual Audit Report of Nabcor by the Commission on Audit (COA).

Among others, the complaint accused Alcala of "a pattern of overt criminal acts," which was used "to finance the losing bid of his son, Irvin," using funds that were allegedly derived from kickbacks and projects in Nabcor.

Irvin Alcala ran for governor of Quezon under the Liberal Party in 2013 but lost to rival David Suarez.

Based on the COA report, Guevarra said Nabcor's liability under Alcala and Baniqued totals P11.4 billion, adding that he suspects a "good percentage" of the money was siphoned out to projects of bogus NGOs created by Janet Lim Napoles.

This is the second plunder case filed by Guevarra against Alcala and the third filed against the agriculture secretary.

In December 2013, he also charged him for the alleged P457 million overprice in a government-government rice importation deal with Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Guevarra denied ties with Alcala's perceived rival, resigned National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Lito Banayo. He said the rumors were being propagated by the camp of Alcala in an effort to discredit him.