THE Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said it has enough evidence to pin down Leah Cruz, the woman it describes as the Department of Agriculture’s “version” of Janet Lim-Napoles.
Dante Jimenez, founding chair of the VACC, said his group has the documents and witnesses to support its allegations against Cruz, who reportedly raked in almost P200 million by monopolizing garlic imports.
The VACC said only Cruz’s companies were given importation permits by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), an agency under the Agriculture department.
The VACC has filed a complaint against Cruz before the Department of Justice. Included in the complaint are two key BPI officials. Cruz and the officials were accused of “illegal combinations and monopolizations in restraint of trade, in rampant violation of Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code.”
Jimenez said the BPI approved import permits to nine companies owned by Cruz.
“We have proof that some of the companies linked to Cruz have no addresses, similar to the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of Napoles,” Jimenez said.
Napoles, who has been jailed, is facing a Department of Justice inquiry for allegedly manipulating releases of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to sham NGOs she established.