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Former agriculture secretary Alcala, officials, traders charged with graft

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Ombudsman is holding them accountable for their role in the alleged creation of a garlic cartel during the Aquino administration

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY. Senator Cynthia Villar approaches PCC on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel. Rappler file photo

Ex-Aquino officials Alcala, Petilla face graft charges at Sandiganbayan

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman announces the charges two months before the retirement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who is criticized by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies of meting out selective justice or favoring officials of the Aquino administration

Ex-agriculture chief Proceso Alcala barred from gov't service

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman, in two separate decisions, finds Alcala guilty of grave misconduct

File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Dep't of Justice to reinvestigate pork barrel scam

May 10, 2017 - 5:57 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warns the allies of the previous administration as he reopens the investigation into the pork barrel scam

Duterte: Alcala drug links 'true'

Sep 14, 2016 - 10:43 AM

Cerilo Alcala brother of former agriculture chief Proceso Alcala surrendered to authorities in August but denied he is a drug lord

TALK TO TROOPS. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to the men and women of the Philippine Airforce on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Screenshot from Rappler video

Most Aquino Cabinet members richer in 2015

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The assets lists of 5 Cabinet members are not yet available: Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra

SALN. Most members of the Aquino Cabinet grew richer in 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Ombudsman investigates Alcala for garlic cartel scam

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:05 PM

The Ombudsman s Field Investigation Office says that as agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala had direct supervision of the Bureau of Plant Industry which issued numerous garlic import permits

Kidapawan farmers file charges vs Aquino allies, police

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:02 AM

Our struggle for food land and justice is legitimate and we will pursue justice in every possible way one of the complainants vows

Farmers and their families file cases against officials over the Kidapawan dispersal.

Korina, Alcala campaign for LP in Leyte farmers' forum

Apr 06, 2016 - 1:17 PM

There were no benefits for farmers before because the money is stolen But now with Daang Matuwid the money is not stolen Benefits go to you Do you want to continue the Daang Matuwid? Korina Sanchez Roxas asks farmers

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Korina Sanchez-Roxas, wife of Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas campaigns for her husband in a farmer's forum in Leyte. Photo by Jed Asaph Cortes/ Rappler

Kidapawan and why the Philippines is always short of rice

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Kidapawan is a failure of agriculture policy where the inability of the agriculture department and other parts of the government to come clean on El Niño resulted directly in lives being lost

ENDURING DROUGHT. Farmers demand assistance from the North Cotabato local government saying drought has crippled their farmlands. Photo from Kilab Multimedia Facebook page

Who's not welcome in 'President' Grace Poe's Cabinet?

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:11 PM

UPDATED In a dialogue with the Makati Business Club she names at least 3 agencies where she will not keep President Aquino s appointees

GRACE POE'S CABINET. Presidential candidate Grace Poe says she already has in mind Cabinet members she wants to retain should she be elected into office. Screenshot from Rappler

Grace Poe in Quezon: All smiles post-SC ruling

Mar 10, 2016 - 12:23 AM

After a nervewracking week Grace Poe is back on the campaign trail

Korina using agri agency? Annoyed Roxas defends wife

Mar 08, 2016 - 1:19 PM

Asks Mar Roxas: Is there a rule that says she can t travel and campaign for her husband? What s the issue?

Alcala wants farming to become 'sexy' again to younger Filipinos

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The agriculture secretary stresses the need to attract younger Filipinos to take up farming to ensure the Philippines food security in the coming decades

MAKE FARMING APPEALING. The Department of Agriculture wants to attract more young Filipinos to take up agriculture courses. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Ex-TESDA chief Syjuco files complaint vs Aquino, Alcala

Oct 30, 2015 - 2:16 PM

Augusto Syjuco Jr who himself faces graft charges says this is his 26th complaint against the Aquino administration

CRUSADE. Controversial former TESDA director general Augusto Syjuco Jr says he is ready to file more corruption cases against Aquino administration officials. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

SONA 2015: The state of agriculture, fisheries under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Before his last State of the Nation Address we take a look at the gains and failures in the agricultural and fisheries sector under President Aquino

FOR THE FARMERS. Are Filipino rice farmers better off after 5 years under the Aquino administration? Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Drilon: No LP party convention; 'Roxas running for president'

Jun 17, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Liberal Party vice chairman and Senate President Franklin Drilon says only one member has expressed his ‘intention’ to run for president

RULING PARTY. President Benigno S. Aquino III, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and Senate President Franklin Drilon in Iloilo City on June 11, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañan Photo Bureau

Sack Alcala for unaccounted PDAF – leftist group

Apr 22, 2015 - 3:05 PM

Party list group Anakpawis says the recently released COA report is enough basis to dismiss Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala from his Cabinet post

File photo of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH to ink agriculture, food cooperation agreement with Cambodia

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:15 AM

The country’s Department of Agriculture is already working on the details of the technical cooperation and information exchange between the two countries

German gov't funds PH sustainable agri projects

Mar 19, 2015 - 2:44 PM

The funds will be used to develop a certification project for abaca and an entrepreneurship project for rice farmers

Abaca and rice production to benefit from German government grants

PH bans poultry from California

Mar 05, 2015 - 7:27 PM

With the exception of heat treated products all shipments of poultry and poultry products from California are stopped and confiscated in Philippine ports

PH bans Israel, US poultry amid bird flu outbreak

Feb 15, 2015 - 2:46 PM

The Department of Agriculture temporarily bans poultry import from Haifa Israel and Oregon United States except for heat treated products produced before October 31 last year

POULTRY MARKET. A Filipino vendor cleans processed chicken for sale at a public market in Quezon City. File photo by EPA

DA official denies colluding with 'garlic cartel'

Jan 13, 2015 - 2:26 PM

Former Bureau of Plant Industry director Clarito Barron says his agency had no way to check if importers granted permits were part of a cartel

Agriculture damage from Ruby now P1.9B

Dec 11, 2014 - 6:25 PM

Most affected by Ruby were cultivation areas in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro Camarines Sur Masbate Sorsogon Aklan Antique Iloilo Negros Occidental Bohol and Cebu

P7B worth of transactions unaccounted for after Nabcor shutdown

Nov 23, 2014 - 8:03 PM

The Commission on Audit COA audit team is not able to do a financial audit on the National Agribusiness Corporation due to the absence of financial statements and breakdown of expenses for 2013

COA: Alcala office mishandled P759M in PDAF

Oct 12, 2014 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED The pork barrel of 27 lawmakers were channeled by the office of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to NGOs mostly under Godofredo Roque s network a rival of Janet Lim Napoles operations

NEW FINDINGS. The Commission on Audit lays the blame on the office of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in the misuse of P759 million worth of lawmakers' discretionary funds. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Alcala chief of staff goes on leave, denies bribe

Aug 26, 2014 - 3:25 PM

Dennis Guerrero also a former special assistant to the NFA administrator denies NFA officials accepted bribes from a rice cargo handler

NO ANOMALIES. Dennis Guerrero, chief of staff of Agriculture Secretary, maintains that NFA officials had good reasons to replace a rice cargo handler of NFA rice from Vietnam which arrived in May 2013. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

EXCLUSIVE: Corruption cases filed vs irrigation officials

Aug 18, 2014 - 3:56 PM

In June 2013 President Aquino scolded NIA for irrigating only 65 of its target coverage A year later investigations reveal corruption of alarming proportions

Alcala: PH 98% rice self-sufficient in 2014

Aug 13, 2014 - 5:57 PM

But despite improving rice self sufficiency levels congressmen ask why the government is increasing rice imports

ENOUGH RICE. Barring major natural calamities, the Philippines can be 98% self-sufficient in 2014

Palace supports DOJ vetting on Abad, Alcala

Jun 28, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Malacañang maintains that it wields no influence on the next batch of cases to be filed by the Department of Justice in connection with the pork barrel scam

AQUINO’S MEN. Cabinet Secretaries Butch Abad (left) and Proceso Alcala (right) are both tagged in the pork barrel scam. Rappler file photo of Abad, Alcala file photo courtesy of the Malacañang Palace

Agri chief is highest paid Cabinet official

Jun 27, 2014 - 3:14 PM

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala earns from government P4 2 million US 96 333 in 2013

Agri chief: I did not steal from public funds

Jun 26, 2014 - 3:42 PM

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala says he began to clean up the DA long before the appointment of Secretary Francis Pangilinan leading to P147 billion in rice import savings

Jinggoy to SC: Selective prosecution against the law

Jun 25, 2014 - 6:19 PM

Estrada says a law administered in a prejudicial manner is an infringement on the Constitution s equal protection clause

Youth, student groups file plunder raps vs agri chief

Jun 25, 2014 - 5:06 PM

Youth and student leaders have taken the initiative against Secretary Proceso Alcala since they believe the Aquino administration is dragging its feet on cases against its allies

Alcala: Gov't people could be aiding rice smugglers

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:00 AM

At the agriculture department alone around 200 administrative complaints have been filed against employees suspected of conniving with rice smugglers

EMBATTLED. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala answers questions about rice smuggling operations in the country. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Jinggoy: They want us jailed before PNoy's SONA?

Jun 07, 2014 - 2:25 PM

Of couse he will highlight the 3 of us: We put in prison one president and 3 senators in their anti corruption drive As for me my conscience is clear Senator Estrada says in Filipino

LAST HURRAH? Senator Jinggoy Estrada says he wants to participate in the Senate probe into the Malampaya fund scam before he is arrested. File photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Alcala: Those hurt by agri reforms linking me to pork scam

Jun 02, 2014 - 3:16 PM

COA reports however show that Alcala s PDAF was misused while he was congressman and the scam continued at Nabcor when he was already DA chief

DEFENSE. Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala says he has never had dealings with alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, whether as congressman for the second district of Quezon or as DA chief. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Former businessmen are wealthiest in Aquino Cabinet

May 28, 2014 - 5:33 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima are the richest while Education Secretary Armin Luistro a Lasallian brother is the poorest

DIRECTIVES. President Benigno Aquino III gives specific orders to his Cabinet members during a meeting on the Yolanda Rehabilitation Plan. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino belittles Napoles' credibility

May 27, 2014 - 12:26 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the alleged mastermind of the country s biggest corruption scam in recent history is trying to muddle the issue

MOST GUILTY? President Benigno Aquino III says he thinks Janet Lim-Napoles appears to be the most guilty in the pork barrel scam. Rappler file photo

Lacson hits Romualdez for 'unfair indictment'

May 21, 2014 - 7:38 PM

Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson also claims he didn t lose focus on Yolanda rehabilitation efforts because of the pork barrel issue

Alcala won't resign over Napoles list

May 19, 2014 - 2:23 PM

The Agriculture Secretary questions the credibility of the numerous lists that have cropped up Let s wait maybe even the list of fish wrappers would also be included

BUSINESS AS USUAL. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala answers questions from the media. Photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Palace: We aren’t protecting allies in pork scam

May 17, 2014 - 3:50 PM

Investigate and find evidence the President s instruction goes says Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte

AQUINO’S MEN. Cabinet Secretaries Butch Abad (left) and Proceso Alcala (right) are both tagged in the pork barrel scam. Rappler file photo of Abad, Alcala file photo courtesy of the Malacañang Palace

Abad, Alcala, 12 senators in signed Napoles list

May 15, 2014 - 4:45 PM

4th UPDATE The Senate has given Justice Secretary Leila de Lima until next week to submit the affidavit of alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles

Guingona and De Lima

Aquino shuns calls to sack Cabinet members in Napolist

May 15, 2014 - 1:58 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he will not fire any Cabinet official unless there is sufficient evidence of involvement in the corruption scandal

SPARING ALLIES? President Benigno Aquino III vows anew no allies will be spared from prosecution but defends Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala who is linked to the pork barrel scam. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace dismisses Napolist as 'mere scrap of paper'

May 14, 2014 - 5:20 PM

How does one answer allegations in an affidavit which is unsigned which has not been sworn to?

MISMATCH. President Benigno Aquino III says lists from Janet Lim Napoles supposedly containing names of lawmakers she worked with don't match. Rappler file photo

Palace: Abad, Alcala 'enjoy the President's trust'

May 13, 2014 - 8:13 PM

Malacañang says a mere allegation concerning actions taken in a previous position doesn t mean the Cabinet secretaries are still doing the same in current posts

SPARING ALLIES? President Benigno Aquino III vows anew no allies will be spared from prosecution but defends Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (pictured) and Secretary Butch Abad who are linked to the pork barrel scam. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Pangilinan: I'm here to help 'clean up'

May 06, 2014 - 5:26 PM

The appointment of former senator Francis Pangilinan comes at a time when Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala is being linked to irregularities and questionable transactions

PROVIDING SUPPORT. Former senator Francis Pangilinan takes his oath as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino vows jail for guilty allies, defends Alcala

Mar 19, 2014 - 1:56 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he chooses to balance negative reports against Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala with his accomplishments

‘Central figure’ in smuggling falls ill in Senate probe

Mar 11, 2014 - 7:10 PM

Other witnesses accused of being rice smugglers all fall ill as well and skip the Senate hearing They might be cited in contempt

SC TRO on alleged smuggled rice 'initial victory' for farmers

Feb 26, 2014 - 6:23 PM

The Bureau of Customs and the Deparment of Agriculture praised the Supreme Court s TRO which stopped the release of alleged smuggled rice shipments in Davao

HAPPY. Customs Commissioner John Sevilla welcomes the Supreme Court decision.