One wonders why Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has not been charged yet in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) case before the Office of the Ombudsman?
The Department of Agriculture (DA), which Alcala heads, is the implementing agency of this controversial PDAF scam.
Alcala was summoned several times in the senate inquiry to explain about the existence of fake non-government organizations (NGO) in the DA’s list of beneficiaries of this fund.
He was also asked about the several illegal disbursement of funds by corporations under his agency.
And in those occasions, Alcala repeatedly pointed his finger to his undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and directors as those to blame.
Surprisingly, the former lawmaker from Quezon province, did not even lift a finger to punish or impose disciplinary actions against his men whom he said were the people to blame for this mess. They continue to report for work and still hold the same position to this day.
Critics of this administration said Alcala should be charged too by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on its third batch of filing of plunder cases against those involved in this scam.
They say that he should be charged because of command responsibility and for approving the disbursement of such fund to fake NGOs of Janet Napoles.
Is the DOJ afraid of Alcala to charge him before the Ombudsman because he is a sacred cow?
Your guess is as good as mine.
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Casino financiers’ money from illegal drugs?
Almost every night, millions and millions of pesos are being lent by financiers to losing gamblers in the different casinos in Metro Manila.
One wonders where do these financiers get such huge amount that they seem to never run out of it?
An official of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), who refused to be identified, believes the cash that casino financiers have in their hands nightly might come from illegal source or from illegal drug trade.
The same source said these financiers use the casino to avoid being questioned by the Anti-money Laundering Council (AMLAC).
Here’s how it works: the financier would deposit his funds, usually in millions, to the cashier of the casino that is regulated by Pagcor.
The cashier will then issue a receipt to the financier regarding his deposit until he or she decides to withdraw it.
The financier can withdraw his money anytime whenever he or she needs it, such as for lending it to casino players or for his own gambling purposes.
Once the financier or “capitalista” would decide to draw his money from the said casino, a check would be issued, or a certification if he or she wants it in cash, by the cashier.
The once questionable or “dirty” money, now becomes a legitimate fund and can now be deposited to the banks.
Names such as Dante Castillo, Flora Teh, Betty Cu, Kenneth Chia, Helen Dy, Gerry Gordielo, Romy Isidro and one alias “Shobe” are known alleged bigtime financiers in the various casinos in the metropolis like Pavillion, Hyatt, Midas, Solaire, Resorts World and Airport Casino.
The same official suggests that not only should the Bureau of Internal Revenue go after these people but the AMLAC and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as well.
I am sure the government will make hundreds of millions, if not a billion, from these people.