Youth groups file plunder case vs DA chief

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MANILA -- Militant youth groups filed on Wednesday a plunder complaint against Agriculture Secretary Proseso Alcala in connection with the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

In an affidavit complaint filed by various militant youth groups led by Youth ACT NOW, Alcala was accused of "systematic plunder of government resources."

The petitioners cited Alcala's involvement in the alleged misuse of the more than P26-million worth of his PDAF allocation through its transfer to the NGO Economic and Social Cooperation for Local Development Foundation Inc. during his term as Quezon representative and the "transfer of thirty-nine million pesos of public funds to Janet Lim Napoles and her NGOs" during his term as agriculture chief.

Napoles is tagged as the PDAF scam architect.

The group also asked the Office of the Ombudsman to charge Alcala with graft for violation of pertinent provisions of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and relevant provisions of the Revised Penal Code.

Petitioners cited the special audit report of the Commission on Audit on the PDAF and the May 26, 2014 sworn affidavit of Napoles as primary evidence for the plunder charges.

"In the past days, we have witnessed the initial criminal proceedings against senators involved in the pork barrel scam. Yet the Palace – or any of its instrumentality for that matter – has yet to charge any high-ranking cabinet official involved in the pork barrel scam. Malacanang is intentionally dragging its feet on cases against [the] said cabinet members," said Youth ACT NOW national convenor Victor Villanueva.

"The youth can't wait any longer for the government to throw the books against administration allies also involved in the pork scam," the youth leader, who is a senior law student of the University of Sto. Tomas, said.

Villanueva said the case against Alcala is the first of several suits that the militant group will be filing in the next few days.

He said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad is next in their list. (Sunnex)

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