No warning against bogus NGOs - Alcala

Who would have known non-government organizations (NGOs) affiliated with businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles were fake?

This was the question the Department of Agriculture is asking after Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala’s name and the agency itself was dragged into the controversial P10 billion pork barrel scam.

“Lately lang po ang sinisisi samin eh bakit raw po namin inaccredit pa yung mga NGO ni Miss Napoles. Sabi ko, eh by that time naman sino po sa atin ang nakaka-alam,” said Alcala in an interview with ANC’s Headstart.

Business woman Janet Lim Napoles allegedly set-up bogus (NGOs) that benefited from lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or commonly known as ‘Pork Barrel’ amounting to almost P10 billion.

He added, “Malinis po ang aming konsensya. Who ever comes in the office na meron pong dalang kumpletong papeles, we have to check that. Hindi po namin pwedeng tanggihan.”

No agency or other branch of government warned them about Napoles’ bogus organizations, Alcala noted.

“Pero kung meron pong isang memo o isang papel na nagsasabi samin, even from the other branch of government na nagsasabi samin na ito i-blcoklist natin 'to. Pero wala pong pumunta samin, wala pong any notices.”

The department tried not to accept pork barrel from lawmakers but Alcala said they needed the funds for the projects. As a result, they put up two systems to monitor the fund flow, he said.

One team accredits NGOs who can accept funds. Another team is a body that will manage the release of money.

Meanwhile, the agency is conducting an internal investigation regarding the pork barrel scam issue.

“By next week, maglalabas po kami ng kumpletong statement regarding the allegations.”

Alcala earlier denied the involvement of the agency in the pork barrel scam.

Watch a clip of Alcala's interview:

 

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