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Farmers file plunder against President Aquino, agriculture officials

“The fact that as early as 2007, the transactions of the bogus NGOs have already started should have been enough reason not to continue with their accreditation. But, the DA did not lift a finger to delist and file criminal cases against the said NGOs. As such, it could be reasonably concluded that the respondents-officials of the DA have conspired and benefited from the scam.”

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA –When the Philippines lifted quantitative restrictions on agricultural products except rice, the government allocated funds purportedly to help farmers affected by the flooding of imported agricultural products. The Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (Acef) was created in 1996 by virtue of Republic Act 8178 to “protect local producers of agricultural…