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Fishers say DQ case vs. Yap will reach SC

By Manila Legarda and Bb. Tayuman Recto-Yap

MANILA, Philippines-

Pamalakaya activists accused former agri chief Arthur Yap of pocketing P 455 million in taxpayers money over purchase of 98 ice-making machine

The current legal battle involving the disqualification case filed by the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) may soon reach the Supreme Court according to petitioners Fernando Hicap and Salvador France, chair and vice chairperson of the activist fishermen group.

“Definitely we will challenge the decision of the Commission on Elections before the highest court of the land. The fight against unlawful and immoral claim of Mr. Yap to represent the third congressional district of Bohol will be vigorously pursued in any appropriate court, in the parliament of the streets and in the court of public opinion. There’s no turning back,” the Pamalakaya leaders said in a joint statement.

Hicap and France, the petitioners to the Supreme Court move will be presided by the filing of motion for reconsideration before the Comelec, and if the poll body rejected the motion, they will elevate the case before the high tribunal for proper legal disposal of the disqualification case.

“It is going to be lifetime nightmare for Secretary Yap unless this most favored Cabinet member of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo atone for his political, legal and moral follies and pay for his crimes against the Filipino public,” the Pamalakaya leaders said.

Pamalakaya is now preparing a people’s petition urging senators and congressmen of incoming Congress to investigate Yap on charges of big time corruption in the Department of Agriculture under his watch as secretary of the department.

“It is going to be addressed to the next Senate President and House Speaker of the House of Representatives. Imagine, Secretary Yap, the congressman of Bohol third district is being called to answer charges of top notch crimes of corruption,” the group said.

On January 6, Pamalakaya filed a plunder case against Sec. Yap and President Arroyo in connection with the P 455 million ice making fund scam, which the group said was overpriced by 100 percent per unit. Pamalakaya said Yap and other officials of National Agribusiness Council (NABCOR) should also be investigated on the P 7.14 billion which the Commission on Audit (COA) cited in its’ 2008 report was missing, diverted or bungled.

The Second Division of Comelec last week junked the disqualification case filed by the group.

Pamalakaya received a copy of the 10-page resolution penned by Comelec second division presiding Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer and members Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph dated May 13, 2010 denying the instant petition for disqualification of Yap.

“After thorough examination of the proofs presented by both parties, we are convinced that Respondent Yap has met such requirement. The term “residence” is to be understood not in the common acceptation as referring to “dwelling” or “habitation” but rather to “domicile” or legal residence, that is, “the place where a party actually or constructively has his permanent home, where he, no matter where he may be found at any given time, eventually intends to return and remain,” the Comelec second division said.

The poll body further said: “It has been established that the domicile of origin of the respondent is in Metro Manila. When respondent Yap decided to make Loboc, Bohol as his residence, such a decision did not begin and end by his intimation to Judge Fernandez of his intention. In 2007, Yap was laying the groundwork for his transfer to the said municipality.”

The Comelec said Yap visited local government officials and neighboring towns whenever his regular visits to the place permitted him. The election body said Yap’s intention was made clearer when he finally purchased the house of his mother-in-law in Barangay Buenavista in Loboc, Bohol.

“Although property ownership is not an indicia of domicile, the fact that the respondent bought the property wherein he resides adds to his foothold to the municipality. His attendance in barangay assemblies as member of barangay is indicative of his desire to integrate himself in the community,” the poll body added.

The Comelec noted that Yap’s contributions in the community were recognized when he was conferred the title “adopted son of Loboc, Bohol by way of Resolution No. 131 adopted on October 24, 2005. The commissioners said the law does not state that in abandoning his domicile, the candidate must divest any and all of his properties and interest attached to his previous domicile.

“His electoral victory is a product of political horse trading, highly questionable and totally ridiculous. We will explore all legal remedies to stop Sec. Yap from misrepresenting the third district of Bohol and use his illegally acquired position to get away with high crimes of corruption he committed during his tenure as chief of the agriculture department,” Pamalakaya said. #

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Fishers slam DA plan to buy P 1.5 B worth of ice makers anew

By Gerry Albert Corpuz, Sugar Hicap and Lollipop delos Reyes

Manila, Philippines- Icing protest vs. P 455 million ice making machine scam Complainants to the plunder case filed against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Agriculture secretary Arthur Yap and officials of National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) in connection with the controversial P 455 million overpriced ice-making machines project said the government through the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) will purchase 300 more units of ice-making machines at the same overpriced rate of P 4.6 million per unit or roughly P 1.5 billion in taxpayers’ money.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said an insider from agriculture department told him that the government is scheduled to purchase 300 more units of ice-making machines in addition to 98 units previously bought at P 4.6 million per unit or P 2.3 million higher than the prevailing industry rate.

Hicap said DA and Nabcor will join the same private supplier- the Integrated Refrigeration System and Services (IRSS) for the importation of additional 300 units of ice-making machines under the P 1.5 billion ice making project.

“Something must be done to stop this multi-billion ice making scam. We ask the Philippine Senate and the House of Representatives to immediately convene a special session, investigate and stop the commencement of another high crime of corruption in the agriculture department. This is money making and grand raid of public funds perpetrated by the super corrupt people in the Arroyo administration,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

To substantiate his claim that another first-rate crime of corruption at DA and Nabcor is in the making, the Pamalakaya official cited the latest findings of the Commission on Audit which said that some P 7.14 billion of taxpayers’ money were wasted by the agriculture department in 2008 due to bungled project implementation or missing and diverted funds.

In the report, COA said a total of P 5.19 billion farm-to-market road project of the agriculture agency remained incomplete as of Dec. 31, 2008.

Hicap reminded lawmakers that although it is now election period, the season does not prevent them from conducting special sessions, and that they are duty bound to probe and effectively stop any government transactions that are checkered with corruption and irregularities.

“P 1.5 billion is P 1.5 billion. That’s a lot of money for electoral campaign. It can be used as a standby fund by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to corner the speakership in the House of Representatives,” he said referring to Arroyo’s alleged plan to seek the speakership post once officially elected as congresswoman of the2nd district of Pampanga.

Last January 6, Pamalakaya and Anakpawis leaders led by Rep. Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod filed the plunder and other criminal and administrative charges against President Arroyo, Sec. Yap and 13 other public and private officials

Pamalakaya said the agriculture department through Nabcor awarded the government contract to a lone bidder—the Integrated Refrigeration System and Services (IRSS) on September 2, 2009, which will provide the ice-making unit at P 4,650,000 per unit, or about P 2.3 million higher compared to prevailing industry price for the ice-making machine.

“The same corrupt actors are behind this P 1.5 billion upcoming ice-making machine scandal. We will not allow this icing on the cake ice making machines scam. We will pursue another case in the Office of the Ombudsman. We will write lawmakers to investigate this latest raiding of taxpayers’ money, we will ask the Supreme Court to stop this plunder adventure of Arroyo and Yap and we will aggressively explore the parliament of the street to demand truth, justice and accountability,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

“We will even ask and appeal to the Chinese community in Ongpin and Binondo to denounce and disown this Chinese bureaucrat capitalist in the person of Secretary Yap for tarnishing the names of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen who want fair play and conduct honest-to-goodness business in the country,” added Pamalakaya.

Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list asserted that the P 455- million ice making machine scam is chiefly authored by President Arroyo and members of the syndicate operating in and out of Malacanang and in and out of the agriculture department and that Secretary Yap performed his role to the hilt as the lead actor in this newest high crime of corruption orchestrated by the ruling Mafia in the Palace.

As agreed by parties to contract, the government will pay IRSS the sum of P 455,700,000 for 98 units of ice-making machines with liquid freeze capability which will be supplied to selected municipal fish ports nationwide. But the complainants said the government can obtain 98 units of ice-making machines for P 225 million to P 230 million, or half of the quoted and agreed price with IRSS.

According to information gathered by Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list, NABCOR conducted a preliminary bidding last August 26, and IRSS which won the bidding, was only incorporated on August 25, a day before the preliminary bidding was conducted.

The groups said under Republic Act 9184 (Procuring Law), Section 37.1, the bidder must submit a copy of its single largest completed contract over the past 3 years, and such condition is impossible for IRSS, which was only incorporated on August 25, this year, a day before the preliminary bidding. The contract was finally awarded last Sept.2. #

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Militants to Yap: “Where were you when we needed you?”

By Cherry Pie Eggpie Sandoval and Lollipop de los Reyes

Manila, Philippines- “Where were you when we needed you?”

The word war between Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and the groups who filed a plunder suit against him last week at the Office of the Ombudsman resumes today as the militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and activist party list Anakpawis posed this inquiry to the embattled secretary in connection with the proposed oil and production subsidy for small fisherfolk affected by oil price hikes.

In July 2008, Pamalakaya forwarded a sectoral proposal to the Department of Agriculture (DA) asking Secretary Yap to immediately act on the demand of small fisherfolk battered by oil price spikes to grant the sector oil and production subsidies amounting to P 4,500 per month for fisherfolk owning small motorized boats and P 2,500 per month for fisherfolk using non-motorized boats.

The P 32-b oil and production subsidy for small fisherfolk was submitted to DA in the aftermath of typhoon Frank in 2008 and was followed up after the devastation created by typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng last year. The proposal aims to provide relief and economic assistance to some 900,000 small fisherfolk across the country.

“Secretary Yap, his apologists and his camp of inglorious bastards in DA took our request and just demand for granted,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap in a press statement. The fisherfolk leader said the money for subsidies could be produced by reducing allocation for debt servicing by at least P 30-billion per year.

‘Instead of addressing the call of small fisherfolk for production and oil subsidies, Yap and company are engaged in prime time and first-rate crime of corruption,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

Pamalakaya and Anakpawis said Secretary Yap and Malacanang should hail the filing of plunder complaint in connection with the controversial P 455 million ice making machines project against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Sec. Yap, instead of dismissing the plunder complaint as nuisance suit or ideologically driven harassment.

“President Arroyo and Sec. Yap should be happy that they were given the opportunity to defend themselves against charges of first-rate crime of corruption before the Office of the Ombudsman, although this office is widely perceived as corrupt as Malacanang, the Department of Agriculture and other Arroyo infested government agencies,” the groups said.

But Pamalakaya and Anakpawis noticed that instead of welcoming the plunder charges, Malacanang spokespersons simply dismissed the plunder complaint as nuisance and plain harassment of the President and her current favorite official—Sec. Yap.

“Malacanang is sala sa lamig, sala sa init. President Arroyo should be thankful to us because we gave her the chance to defend herself and clear her name. The same applies to Sec. Yap and the rest of the agriculture officials implicated in the P 455 million ice making scandal. However, signs of guilt are now showing ahead of investigation process,” they added.

Pamalakaya and Anakpawis likewise challenged President Arroyo to compel Secretary Arthur Yap to resign as chief of the Department of Agriculture (DA) or place him under preventive suspension and force the agriculture secretary to quit from running as congressional candidate in the 3rd district of Bohol.

The groups also reiterated their demands to both chambers of Congress to investigate the unchecked and questionable operations of Nabcor, after the groups found out that in 2007, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported that the Department of Agriculture (DA) attached agency was responsible for the highly irregular procurement of post harvest facilities amounting to P 300 million during the year.

Pamalakaya and Anakpawis said part of the findings include the P95.67 million worth were outmoded, unserviceable, incomplete, missing or simply of no practical use to the recipient farmers. “Secretary Yap, his apologists and talking parrots inside DA and NABCOR are saying that all the transactions in the procurement of post harvest facilities are transparent and aboveboard, but the COA findings reveal the exact opposite,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

“It seems to us that Nabcor has been engaged in money making activity under the Macapagal-Arroyo administration, and it is shielded by its nature and orientation as a government-owned and controlled corporation free from financial audit and public scrutiny,” the groups added.

Anakpawis and Pamalakaya recalled that in 2008, Nabcor got involved in a national scandal involving 1.4 million hectares of Philippine farmlands that the DA had committed to the Chinese government for the latter’s use in connection with its food program.

The deal was billed as a giant step to modernize the countryside, the deal would allow China to develop the 1.4 million hectares into a modern food-farm complex. But the purpose, according to the groups, was to serve as a major food source for the province of Heilongjiang, which had foreseen a horrendous food shortage occurring in China.

The deal is supposed to be part of the controversial NBN-ZTE deal was aborted due to the strong protest lodged by anti-corruption watchdogs.

In their 16-page plunder complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list said President Arroyo, Sec. Yap and officials of National Agribusiness Council (NABCOR), members of Awards and Bids Committee and owners and operators of Integrated Refrigeration Service System (IRRS) violated Republic Act 7080 or the Anti-Violation Plunder Law, Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act for grave misconduct.

The complainants said the agriculture department through NABCOR awarded the government contract to a lone bidder—the Integrated Refrigeration System and Services (IRSS) on September 2, 2009, which will provide the ice-making unit at P 4,650,000 per unit, or about P 2.3 million higher compared to prevailing industry price for the ice-making machine.

“We will not allow this icing on the cake ice making machines scam to proceed. We will pursue this case in the Office of the Ombudsman, we will write lawmakers to investigate this latest raiding of taxpayers’ money, we will ask the Supreme Court to stop this plunder adventure of Arroyo and Yap and will aggressively explore the parliament of the street to demand truth, justice and accountability,” they said.

“We will even ask and appeal to the Chinese community in Ongpin and Binondo to denounce and disown this Chinese bureaucrat capitalist in the person of Secretary Yap for tarnishing the names of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen who want fair play and conduct honest-to-goodness business in the country,” they added.

Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list asserted that the P 455- million ice making machine scam is chiefly authored by President Arroyo and members of the syndicate operating in and out of Malacanang and in and out of the agriculture department and that Secretary Yap performed his role to the hilt as the lead actor in this newest high crime of corruption orchestrated by the ruling Mafia in the Palace.

As agreed by parties to contract, the government will pay IRSS the sum of P 455,700,000 for 98 units of ice-making machines with liquid freeze capability which will be supplied to selected municipal fish ports nationwide. But the complainants said the government can obtain 98 units of ice-making machines for P 225 million to P 230 million, or half of the quoted and agreed price with IRSS.

According to information gathered by Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list, NABCOR conducted a preliminary bidding last August 26, and IRSS which won the bidding, was only incorporated on August 25, a day before the preliminary bidding was conducted.

The groups said under Republic Act 9184 (Procuring Law), Section 37.1, the bidder must submit a copy of its single largest completed contract over the past 3 years, and such condition is impossible for IRSS, which was only incorporated on August 25, this year, a day before the preliminary bidding. The contract was finally awarded last Sept.2.

Prior to the filing of the plunder complaint, businessman Allan V. Ragasa, a complainant had filed charges against Sec. Yap and officials of NABCOR and officers of IRSS headed by its chairman Alexander Leung before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the questionable awarding of contract to IRSS. The complaint in violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 9184 was filed on Nov.18, 2009. #

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Pamalakaya to Secretary Yap: “We don’t deal with shadowy group”

By Lollipop delos Reyes and Bombshell Moran

Manila, Philippines-Leftwing militants belonging to Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) which filed the plunder complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and 13 others in connection with the P 455 million ice making scandal slammed Yap over his allegations that a shadowy group was behind what the agriculture chief dismissed as nuisance or harassment suit.

“Look who’s talking. What shadowy group Mr. Yap and his associates in the Department of Agriculture are talking about? As far as we are concerned the higher ups in Malacanang and DA composed the shadowy group behind all scandals of corruption inside agriculture department. This department which is frequented by controversies of first-rate crimes of corruption in the name of the ruling gangland in Malacanang is now going all out to harass groups and people exposing and opposing their round-the-clock raid of taxpayers’ money,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader said: “Let the facts, the documents, the series of unfortunate events that transpired during the commencement and process of the P 455 million ice making contract speak for itself. Secretary Yap and his backers in Malacanang and apologists in DA should face the issue fair and square and quit from talking like reactionary parrots of the ruling Macapagal-Arroyo gangland.”

“We have given Arroyo and Sec. Yap the proper forum for them to answer the plunder suit and other criminal and administrative charges against them. As public officials they are legally, politically and morally obliged to reply to issues raised against them in the name of national interest and public trust,” added Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader said the way things are going, Malacanang spokespersons and Sec. Yap are now engaged in political persecution and the traditional and Jurassic red baiting campaign against groups and persons behind the plunder complaint.

Yesterday, Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list Reps. Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod and Anakpawis secretary general Cherry Clemente charged President Arroyo, Sec. Yap and 13 others with plunder and criminal and administrative suits before the Office of the Ombudsman.

In their 16-page plunder complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, complainants said President Arroyo, Sec. Yap and officials of National Agribusiness Council (NABCOR), members of Awards and Bids Committee and owners and operators of Integrated Refrigeration Service System (IRRS) violated Republic Act 7080 or the Anti-Violation Plunder Law, Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act for grave misconduct.

Aside from President Arroyo and Sec. Yap included in the charge sheet were Allan Javellana President, NABCOR, Romulo Relevo, Chairman, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC-NABCOR), Dennis Lozada, Winston Azucena, Melody de Guzman , and Encarnita-Cristina Munsod, Members of Bids and Awards Committee (BAC-NABCOR), Alexander Leung , Chairman, Integrated Refrigeration Systems and Services, Inc. (IRSSI) (Formerly Triple 8 Agro Trading, Inc.), Chen Lien Ta, Vice President/Research and Development-IRSSI, Lawrence Tan Son, Manager-IRSSI, Yao Ching Hsun, Director-IRSSI, Stephen Vehemente, Corporate Secretary-IRSSI, Marites Soriano, Assistant Corporate Secretary-IRSSI and Jason Paz, Treasurer-IRSSI.

The complainants said the agriculture department through NABCOR awarded the government contract to a lone bidder—the Integrated Refrigeration System and Services (IRSS) on September 2, 2009, which will provide the ice-making unit at P 4,650,000 per unit, or about P 2.3 million higher compared to prevailing industry price for the ice-making machine.

“We will not allow this icing on the cake ice making machines scam to proceed. We will pursue this case in the Office of the Ombudsman, we will write lawmakers to investigate this latest raiding of taxpayers’ money, we will ask the Supreme Court to stop this plunder adventure of Arroyo and Yap and will aggressively explore the parliament of the street to demand truth, justice and accountability,” they said.

“We will even ask and appeal to the Chinese community in Ongpin and Binondo to denounce and disown this Chinese bureaucrat capitalist in the person of Secretary Yap for tarnishing the names of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen who want fair play and conduct honest-to-goodness business in the country,” said Pamalakaya.

Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list asserted that the P 455- million ice making machine scam is chiefly authored by President Arroyo and members of the syndicate operating in and out of Malacanang and in and out of the agriculture department and that Secretary Yap performed his role to the hilt as the lead actor in this newest high crime of corruption orchestrated by the ruling Mafia in the Palace.

As agreed by parties to contract, the government will pay IRSS the sum of P 455,700,000 for 98 units of ice-making machines with liquid freeze capability which will be supplied to selected municipal fish ports nationwide. But the complainants said the government can obtain 98 units of ice-making machines for P 225 million to P 230 million, or half of the quoted and agreed price with IRSS.

According to information gathered by Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list, NABCOR conducted a preliminary bidding last August 26, and IRSS which won the bidding, was only incorporated on August 25, a day before the preliminary bidding was conducted.

The groups said under Republic Act 9184 (Procuring Law), Section 37.1, the bidder must submit a copy of its single largest completed contract over the past 3 years, and such condition is impossible for IRSS, which was only incorporated on August 25, this year, a day before the preliminary bidding. The contract was finally awarded last Sept.2.

Prior to the filing of the plunder complaint, businessman Allan V. Ragasa, a complainant had filed charges against Sec. Yap and officials of NABCOR and officers of IRSS headed by its chairman Alexander Leung before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the questionable awarding of contract to IRSS. The complaint in violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 9184 was filed on Nov.18, 2009. #

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Probe of Nabcor questionable deals sought

By Bb. Joyce Cabral

Manila, Philippines-Leftwing militants belonging to Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and Anakpawis party list on Thursday urged lawmakers from both chambers of Congress to investigate the unchecked and questionable operations of National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) after it found out that in 2007, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported that the Department of Agriculture (DA) attached agency was responsible for the highly irregular procurement of post harvest facilities amounting to P 300 million during the year.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap, one of the complainants in the plunder complaint filed against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Secretary Arthur Yap and officials of NABCOR in connection with the P 455 million ice making machines scam said in 2007, based on COA report, NABCOR projects could not be validated due to lack of information on the status of project implementation.

Hicap said part of the findings include the P95.67 million worth were outmoded, unserviceable, incomplete, missing or simply of no practical use to the recipient farmers. “Secretary Yap, his apologists and talking parrots inside DA and NABCOR are saying that all the transactions in the procurement of post harvest facilities are transparent and aboveboard, but the COA findings reveal the exact opposite,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

“It seems to us that Nabcor has been engaged in money making activity under the Macapagal-Arroyo administration, and it is shielded by its nature and orientation as a government-owned and controlled corporation free from financial audit and public scrutiny,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

Anakpawis secretary general Cherry Clemente recalled that in 2008, Nabcor got involved in a national scandal involving 1.4 million hectares of Philippine farmlands that the DA had committed to the Chinese government for the latter’s use in connection with its food program. The deal was billed as a giant step to modernize the countryside, the deal would allow China to develop the 1.4 million hectares into a modern food-farm complex. But the purpose, according to Clemente, was to serve as a major food source for the province of Heilongjiang, which had foreseen a horrendous food shortage occurring in China.

The deal is supposed to be part of the controversial NBN-ZTE deal was aborted due to the strong protest lodged by anti-corruption watchdogs.

Last Wednesday, Pamalakaya and Anakpawis leaders led by party list Reps. Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod and Anakpawis secretary general Cherry Clemente charged President Arroyo, Sec. Yap and 13 others with plunder and criminal and administrative suits before the Office of the Ombudsman.

In their 16-page plunder complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, complainants said President Arroyo, Sec. Yap and officials of National Agribusiness Council (NABCOR), members of Awards and Bids Committee and owners and operators of Integrated Refrigeration Service System (IRRS) violated Republic Act 7080 or the Anti-Violation Plunder Law, Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act for grave misconduct.

The complainants said the agriculture department through NABCOR awarded the government contract to a lone bidder—the Integrated Refrigeration System and Services (IRSS) on September 2, 2009, which will provide the ice-making unit at P 4,650,000 per unit, or about P 2.3 million higher compared to prevailing industry price for the ice-making machine.

“We will not allow this icing on the cake ice making machines scam to proceed. We will pursue this case in the Office of the Ombudsman, we will write lawmakers to investigate this latest raiding of taxpayers’ money, we will ask the Supreme Court to stop this plunder adventure of Arroyo and Yap and will aggressively explore the parliament of the street to demand truth, justice and accountability,” they said.

“We will even ask and appeal to the Chinese community in Ongpin and Binondo to denounce and disown this Chinese bureaucrat capitalist in the person of Secretary Yap for tarnishing the names of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen who want fair play and conduct honest-to-goodness business in the country,” said Pamalakaya.

Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list asserted that the P 455- million ice making machine scam is chiefly authored by President Arroyo and members of the syndicate operating in and out of Malacanang and in and out of the agriculture department and that Secretary Yap performed his role to the hilt as the lead actor in this newest high crime of corruption orchestrated by the ruling Mafia in the Palace.

As agreed by parties to contract, the government will pay IRSS the sum of P 455,700,000 for 98 units of ice-making machines with liquid freeze capability which will be supplied to selected municipal fish ports nationwide. But the complainants said the government can obtain 98 units of ice-making machines for P 225 million to P 230 million, or half of the quoted and agreed price with IRSS.

According to information gathered by Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list, NABCOR conducted a preliminary bidding last August 26, and IRSS which won the bidding, was only incorporated on August 25, a day before the preliminary bidding was conducted.

The groups said under Republic Act 9184 (Procuring Law), Section 37.1, the bidder must submit a copy of its single largest completed contract over the past 3 years, and such condition is impossible for IRSS, which was only incorporated on August 25, this year, a day before the preliminary bidding. The contract was finally awarded last Sept.2.

Prior to the filing of the plunder complaint, businessman Allan V. Ragasa, a complainant had filed charges against Sec. Yap and officials of NABCOR and officers of IRSS headed by its chairman Alexander Leung before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the questionable awarding of contract to IRSS. The complaint in violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 9184 was filed on Nov.18, 2009. #

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Militants say new plunder case against Arroyo not a harassment

By Bombshell Moran and Trinity Biglang Awa, The Pamalakaya Times correspondents

Manila, Philippines-The leftwing fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Saturday slammed Palace economic adviser Gary Olivar for dismissing the plunder case which its leaders will file on Monday against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap as “ideologically-ridden harassment”

“What harassment? Who’s harassing who? Is the search for truth, justice and accountability a crime of political harassment? This paid spokesman of Malacanang is grossly engaged in classical and traditional Red bashing adventure,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap in a press statement.

Olivar on New Year’s Day said the plunder case which Pamalakaya and party list group Anakpawis will file against President Arroyo and Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap on Monday is outlandish and in the form of ideologically driven harassment against the President.

The Palace spokesperson for economic affairs said Pamalakaya, Anakpawis and other critics of President Arroyo are trying to cultivate bashing as a cottage industry and their principal source of livelihood. But he said, Mrs. Arroyo will apparently grin and bear the broadsides and lawsuits between now and t hen when she steps down after a nine-year term beset by scandals of corruption and electoral fraud.

The plunder case which will be filed on Monday stemmed from the P 455-million overpriced ice-making machines which the government procured through the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Agribusiness Council (NABCOR). According to Pamalakaya and Anakpawis, the government bought 98 units of ice-making on September last year at P 4.6 million per unit, while industry standard pegs the price at P 2.3 million per unit.

Pamalakaya’s Hicap said the President should be charged together with Yap and other agriculture officials of plunder under the principle of command responsibility. “President Arroyo is the author, the judge and the executioner of the P 455 million ice making machines scam and therefore it is only legally and politically correct for her to be charged with plunder along with her money making personnel at the agriculture department,” Hicap explained.

Hicap, also the fisherfolk representative in Anakpawis party list national council, said the agriculture department and NABCOR awarded the government contract to a lone bidder—the Integrated Refrigeration System and Services (IRSS) on September 2, 2009, which will provide the ice-making unit at P 4,650,000 per unit, or about P 2.3 million higher compared to prevailing industry price for the ice-making machine.

The Pamalakaya official said the government will pay IRSS the sum of P 455,700,000 for 98 units of ice-making machines with liquid freeze capability which will be supplied to selected municipal fish ports nationwide. But the group said the government can obtain 98 units of ice-making machines for P 225 million to P 230 million, or half of the quoted and agreed price with IRSS.

“P 225 million is P 225 million. That sum of money can be used to finance any kind of sinister agenda or cruel intention by the present power holders in and out of Malacanang. The money might also be used to finance the electoral campaign of Mrs. Arroyo’s national and local bets in 2010 elections. This is money making in aid of electoral campaign for 2010 polls,” added Hicap.

According to information gathered by Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list, NABCOR conducted a preliminary bidding last August 26, and IRSS which won the bidding, was only incorporated on August 25, a day before the preliminary bidding was conducted.

The groups said under Republic Act 9184 (Procuring Law), Section 37.1, the bidder must submit a copy of its single largest completed contract over the past 3 years, and such condition is impossible for IRSS, which was only incorporated on August 25, this year, a day before the preliminary bidding. The contract was finally awarded last Sept.2.

Aside from Secretary Yap, Pamalakaya said it will include in the plunder charge sheet the top officials of NABCOR namely Alan A. Javellana, President; Romulo A. Relevo, Chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee; Dennis Lozada, Winston Azucena, Melody de Guzman and Encarnita Cristina Munsod, all members of Bids and Awards Committee, and owners and operators of IRSS. #

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Fishers believe Palace had a hand in P 455 million ice-making machines scam

By Billy Javier Reyes

Manila, Philippines-The leftwing fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Saturday said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had a hand in the procurement of 98 units of ice-making machines by the Department of Agriculture, which the group said was overpriced by P 2.3 million per unit.

“This anomalous transaction has the seal of approval of Malacanang. It is impossible President Arroyo is not informed about this money making racket at the Department of Agriculture. This is part of the fund generation campaign for 2010 elections,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

The Pamalakaya leader said Secretary Arthur Yap, who is at the center of this high crime of corruption is one of the protégés of President Arroyo. Hicap said Yap was probably tasked to clinch the highly questionable project to produce funds for the 2010 elections.

“The P 455 million ice making machine scam is chiefly authored by Mrs. Arroyo and members of the syndicate operating in and out of Malacanang and in and out of the agriculture department. Secretary Yap acted the lead actor in this newest high crime of corruption in DA,” added Hicap.

Pamalakaya today gave Agriculture Secretary Yap 9 working days to revoke the scandalous
P 455 million ice-making machines contract, as the group threatened to charge him with plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman on January 4 next year. The group said President Arroyo might be included in the charge sheet under the principle of command responsibility.

“Mrs. Arroyo and her no.1 operator at DA–Secretary Yap have 9 nine working days to revoke this anomalous and highly questionable contract. If they will not subscribe to this call for truth, justice and accountability, then we have no other recourse but to file plunder raps against them before the Office of the Ombudsman, nothing more, nothing less,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap in a press statement.

Pamalakaya said Secretary Yap allowed the procurement of 98 units of ice-making machines at P 4.65 million per unit, while its actual price according to industry standard is pegged at P 2.3 million per unit.

“This ice-making machine project is nothing but a grand slam money making activity authored by Malacanang, Secretary Yap and their cash-making personnel at the department of agriculture. The crime constitutes plunder and grave violations of anti-graft and corrupt practices act, the law of government procurement and on the conduct and ethics governing public officials,” he stressed.

Before the Christmas break, some 50 activists belonging to Pamalakaya staged a holiday on ice protest by blocking the main gate of DA with 30 blocks of huge ice cubes to demand the immediate revocation of the contract.

Hicap, also the fisherfolk representative in Anakpawis party list national council, said the agriculture department through the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) awarded the government contract to a lone bidder—the Integrated Refrigeration System and Services (IRSS) on September 2, 2009, which will provide the ice-making unit at P 4,650,000 per unit, or about P 2.3 million higher compared to prevailing industry price for the ice-making machine.

“In the name of national interest and public trust, Secretary Yap should immediately revoke the contract because it is highly disadvantageous to the national government and to the taxpaying public. Imagine taxpayers will pay more than P 225 million of hard-earned taxpayers’ money to pave way this high crime of corruption. This highly inflammatory, mind-boggling and totally unacceptable,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

The Pamalakaya official said the government will pay IRSS the sum of P 455,700,000 for 98 units of ice-making machines with liquid freeze capability which will be supplied to selected municipal fish ports nationwide. But the group said the government can obtain 98 units of ice-making machines for P 225 million to P 230 million, or half of the quoted and agreed price with IRSS.

“P 225 million is P 225 million. That sum of money can be used to finance any kind of sinister agenda or cruel intention by the present power holders in and out of Malacanang. The money might also be used to finance the electoral campaign of Mrs. Arroyo’s national and local bets in 2010 elections. This is money making in aid of electoral campaign for 2010 polls,” added Hicap.

According to information gathered by Pamalakaya and Anakpawis party list, NABCOR conducted a preliminary bidding last August 26, and IRSS which won the bidding, was only incorporated on August 25, a day before the preliminary bidding was conducted.

The groups said under Republic Act 9184 (Procuring Law), Section 37.1, the bidder must submit a copy of its single largest completed contract over the past 3 years, and such condition is impossible for IRSS, which was only incorporated on August 25, this year, a day before the preliminary bidding. The contract was finally awarded last Sept.2.

Aside from Secretary Yap, Pamalakaya said it will include in the plunder charge sheet the top officials of NABCOR namely Alan A. Javellana, President; Romulo A. Relevo, Chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee; Dennis Lozada, Winston Azucena, Melody de Guzman and Encarnita Cristina Munsod, all members of Bids and Awards Committee, and owners and operators of IRSS.

Earlier, Allan V. Ragasa, a complainant had filed charges against Sec. Yap and officials of NABCOR and officers of IRSS headed by its chairman Alexander Leung before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the questionable awarding of contract to IRSS. The complaint in violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 9184 was filed on Nov.18, 2009. #

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