Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has been urged to file charges against Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala for the alleged unjust firing of a Department of Agriculture (DA) official who denounced the rigging of transactions in 2011 and 2012.
In a letter to Morales, Rudy Santos, a former Director for Administrative Services in the DA Central Office, said Alcala harassed him and eased him out of the DA after he questioned the agency’s penchant of transacting only with one supplier— Work Station Design Center (WSDC).
Santos noted that Alcala failed to take action against DA officials and the WSDC even if the Commission on Audit in May 2014 found out that the DA’s transactions with WSDC violated the Procurement Law.
He added that 100 aluminum chairs were delivered to the DA by WSDC for P2,450 each when the prevailing market price of each chair is just only P900 to P1,150.
Santos said COA recommended the filing of charges against DA officials involved in irregular projects but no action was taken by the department.
“I have reported these irregularities to Secretary Proceso Alcala and his COS (Chief of Staff), Usec Emerson Palad, hoping they will do something about it in line with the Daang Matuwid advocacy of President [Benigno] Aquino [3rd],” he told the Ombudsman.
“Instead of commending me, I was ordered to step aside and later, concerted efforts were made to terminate me from my 18 years of government service without due process. My presidential appointment was terminated by a mere Memorandum of the Chief Administrative Officer of the Personnel Division of DA, citing rationalization plan,” Santos said.