• Alcala fears El Niño, not Napoles


    CONTROVERSIAL Cabinet Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture said he would rather focus his attention on his true mandate rather than his inclusion in the list of those who allegedly benefitted from the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

    In an interview aired over radio station dzMM, Alcala said he is more concerned about the El Niño phenomenon and its effects on local crops and livestock.

    Alcala, along with Budget Secretary Butch Abad and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Administrator Joel Villanueva, was included in the signed Napoles’ list, which was submitted by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday.

    Alcala has denied any involvement in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam. He also urged the public not to be dissuaded by any lists being made public.

    He challenged his critics to simply charge him in court. “If I’m really on the list, I hope the accusers would bring it to the proper forum so I can properly respond,” Alcala added.

    The secretary said he could not waste any more time since there are only two more years left for the Aquino administration.

    “How can we feed 100 million Filipinos sufficiently [if we get sidetracked by allegations]?” he said.

    The DA is planning massive cloud seeding operationsand rushing small water-impounding projects that may be used during the wet season, Alcala revealed.

    Alcala also welcomed the entry of Food Security Sec. Francis Pangilinan.

    He admitted that the problem of food security was a big one and every hand is needed to solve the problem.


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