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Agriculture chief’s resignation sought

Manila, Philippines — A lawyer who exposed the P400 million overpriced rice importations yesterday called on President Benigno Aquino III to relieve Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala amid reports of continuing anomalous practices such as overpricing and the creation of artificial shortage to justify the costly rice importation.

Activist-lawyer Argee Guevarra urged President Aquino to revamp the Department of Agriculture and the National Food Authority “to put an end to the alleged malpractices” of its officials.

“It should start with Secretary Alcala, because he has failed his bosses and he has misreported to the President, “ Guevarra claimed.

Guevarra earlier exposed an alleged P400 million overprice in the rice importation contract entered into by the government with Vietnam, a portion of which was covered by the More Or Less at Supplier’s Option (MOLSO) provision.

Based on DA documents, the government purchased 205,700 metric tons from Vietnam in April, of which 18,700 metric tons were bought under the MOLSO provision, and without any prior approval from Department of Finance – Fiscal Incentive Review Board. The product was purchased at $459 or P19,762.95 per metric ton.

But Guevarra claimed the prevailing market price in Vietnam when the deal was made was only $360 per metric ton or P15,480.

 

  • Juan

    dapat ngang magexport pa tayo e baligtad naman ang utak nyo, yung may maayos na ginagawa yun namn ang gustonyong tangalin ano na ba nangyayari sa Pinas naku po!

  • Juan

    puro kayo shortage gusto niyo lang mag-import ng magkapera na naman ang iba diyan, kawawa na naman ang magsasaka natin.

  • Juan

    Itong si lawyer walang ng magawa, gusto ring umepal, tulmulong ka nalng at meron tawang maayos na administrasyon ngayon, kelan pa kayo nakuntento ha! puro nlang kayo kontra, pag kayo na nakaupo wala nmn kayo magawa!

  • jose b. taganahan

    This lawyer a certain Argee Guevarra must be a moron if he thinks the Agriculture Secretary will resign by his mere say so. His allegation that there was an overprice of P400 million (?) in the NFA’s importation of rice this years has no basis, if he has the evidence to prove his allegation he should have filed a criminal and administrative complaint against the DA Secretary and those involved in government the importation of rice period. If Mr. Guevarra is not blind and he has gone to public markets more often he should have seen that there was no shortage in the supply of commercial rice at any given date this year

  • Juan

    hay naku tama lang yan , self sufficient naman talaga tayo eh, ano pa ba problema nyo?
    wag na tayong umangkat ng bigas sa ibang bansa, bihin nalang ng NFA ang ani ng ating magsasaka!

  • Eddie Miranda

    dapat lang mahiya si Alcala, at kung hindi siya sangkot bakit wala siyang masibak na tao ukol dito sa katiwalian