The militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today dared the Ombudsman to immediately axe agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala and start investigating President Aquino on charges of plunder filed by the peasant group against the president and Alcala in October 2013.
The KMP issued the statement after reports cited the Commission on Audit’s (COA) findings that the Department of Agriculture (DA), under Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, squandered more than P14.4 billion in 2013 in questionable projects that it implemented despite violations of laws and regulations, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).
“It is totally revolting that the Aquino government and Alcala have the guts to plunder P14.4 billion in 2013 while Filipino farmers suffered from the devastation of Yolanda on that year coupled by high land rent and high costs of production shouldered by Filipino farmers,” says KMP chair Rafael Mariano.
“We demand the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to immediately kick Alcala out of the DA and start investigations against President Aquino on crimes of plunder,” Mariano said recalling that “on October 2, 2013, the KMP filed plunder charges against Aquino, Alcala, Budget Secretary Abad, Janet Lim-Napoles, and other agriculture officials on the pork barrel scam issue.”
The KMP insists that “the Ombudsman have the power to investigate even a sitting President and the Filipino people have every right to know his participation in the pork barrel scam.”
“The COA’s 2013 Audit findings’ clearly shows Aquino and Alcala’s total disdain of the people’s rage against the pork barrel system and continued with their Mafia-like plunder operations in the DA,” Mariano said.
Mariano said “the Filipino peasantry’s plunder complaint against the President is gathering dust at the Ombudsman for two years now.”
“Carpio-Morales should act ASAP and stop Alcala from further plundering agricultural funds,” he said.
“Aquino cannot hide under the mantle of presidential immunity. The plunder of billions of pesos of agricultural funds and the coco levy funds, the absence of genuine land reform and intensified land-grabbing, among others are just reasons for the peasantry to push Aquino and his gang’s removal from power,” the peasant leader said.