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Lorenzo, others face graft raps Philippine Daily Inquirer   4:46 am | Tuesday, November 26th, 2013  

Former Agriculture Secretary Luis Lorenzo Jr.: Facing graft charge. FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines—Former Agriculture Secretary Luis Lorenzo Jr. and past officials of the Quedan and Rural Credit Guarantee Corp. (Quedancor) have been charged with graft in the Sandiganbayan for the alleged anomalous implementation of the Quedancor Swine Program, a credit program meant to support swine raisers in the country. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approved the filing of the charges against the accused last Friday after the Office of the Ombudsman, in a resolution dated July 12, 2013, found probable cause to indict the former officials of Quedancor and of Metro Livestock Inc., the program’s implementing agency, for graft. Based on the Ombudsman’s investigation, Metro Livestock Inc. did not deliver to the hog raisers supplies worth at least P47 million. The program provides swine growers with supplies as support instead of cash. Also charged were former Quedancor president and CEO Nelson Buenaflor, and board members Wilfredo Domo-Ong, Romeo Lanciola, Nellie Ilas and Jesus Simon. The Senate in the past conducted an inquiry into the program after then Sen. Panfilo Lacson exposed the alleged anomaly. In the information, the Ombudsman raised the lack of a public bidding when Metro Livestock Inc. was chosen to implement the program, which resulted in “damages” to the government because Quedancor “lacked recourse against the suppliers for late deliveries and nondeliveries.” It said that a public bidding would have required the supplier to post a performance bond or contractor’s surety bond. The Ombudsman said Metro Livestock was “ineligible” because “it failed to comply with accreditation and eligibility requirements such as two years of prior operation, and the necessary license from the appropriate government agency like the Livestock Development Division of the Bureau of Animal Industry.”—Cynthia D. Balana : http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/534925/lorenzo-others-face-graft-raps#ixzz2licYRD6b


Ombudsman files graft raps vs ex DA chief by Rolando Carandang  November 25, 2013  

The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft charges against former Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Luis Ramon Lorenzo Jr. and officials of the Quedan and Rural Credit Guarantee Corporation (Quedancor) over the anomalous implementation of the Quedancor Swine Program (QSP), a credit program meant to support swine raisers in the country. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approved the filing of the charges against the accused before the Sandiganbayan last Friday (November 22,2013).Quedancor is a government-owned and -controlled corporation. The Office of the Ombudsman found that the implementing company, Metro Livestock Inc., did not deliver the supplies worth at least P47 million. Aside from Lorenzo, other officials facing charges are former Quedancor president and CEO Nelson Buenaflor, and board members Wilfredo Domo-Ong, Romeo Lanciola, Nellie Ilas, and Jesus Simon. The Office of the Ombudsman has recommended a P30,000 bailbond each for their temporary liberty.The Office of the Ombudsman questioned why there was no public bidding conducted when Metro Livestock Inc was chosen to implement the program. This “resulted in damages” because Quedancor “lacked recourse against the suppliers for late deliveries and non-deliveries.”A public bidding would have required the suppliers to post a performance bond or contractor’s surety bond. Ombudsman Carpio Morales signed the resolution July 12, finding probable cause to indict Lorenzo and the officials of Quedancor and Metro Livestock Inc. The Ombudsman said Metro Livestock Inc is “ineligible” because “it failed to comply with the accreditation and eligibility requirements such as the two-year prior operation, and the necessary license from the appropriate government agency like the Livestock Development Division of the Bureau of Animal Industry.” Quedancor awarded Metro Livestock purchase contracts amounting to P48.607 million in Mindoro province alone. It’s paid-up capital was said to be only P62,500. Former Senator Panfilo Lacson exposed the anomaly that prompted the Senate to conduct an inquiry. http://www.mb.com.ph/ombudsman-files-graft-raps-vs-ex-da-chief/


Ex‐Secretary Lorenzo, Quedancor officials face Sandigan graft raps by Rolando Carandang  November 25, 2013  

Manila, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has formally filed graft charges (RA 3019) against former Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Luis Ramon Lorenzo Jr. and officials of the Quedan and Rural Credit Guarantee Corporation (Quedancor) over the anomalous implementation of the controversial Quedancor Swine Program (QSP), a credit program meant to support swine raisers in the country. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approved the filing of the charges with the Sandiganbayan on Nov. 22, 2013. Quedancor is a government-owned and -controlled corporation The Office of the Ombudsman found that the implementing company, Metro Livestock, Inc., did not deliver to Quedancor borrowers supplies amounting to at least P47 million. The program provides swine growers with supplies instead of giving them cash. Also facing charges, aside from former Secretary Lorenzo, are former Quedancor President and CEO Nelson Buenaflor and Board Members Wilfredo Domo-Ong, Romeo Lanciola, Nellie Ilas, and Jesus Simon. The Ombudsman recommended P30,000 bail for each of the accused. The Office of the Ombudsman questioned why there was no public bidding conducted when Metro Livestock, Inc., was chosen to implement the program. This “resulted in damages” because Quedancor “lacked recourse against the suppliers for late deliveries and non-deliveries.” A public bidding would have required the suppliers to post a performance bond or contractor’s surety bond. Ombudsman Carpio Morales signed the resolution July 12, finding probable cause to indict Lorenzo and the officials of Quedancor and Metro Livestock Inc.The Ombudsman said Metro Livestock, Inc., was “ineligible” because “it failed to comply with the accreditation and eligibility requirements such as the two-year prior operation, and the necessary license from the appropriate government agency like the Livestock Development Division of the Bureau of Animal Industry.” Quedancor awarded Metro Livestock purchase contracts amounting to P48,606,750 in Mindoro province alone. Its paid-up capital was said to be only P62,500. Former Senator Panfilo Lacson exposed the anomaly that prompted the Senate to conduct an inquiry. http://www.mb.com.ph/ex-secretary-lorenzo-quedancor-officials-face-sandigan-graft-raps/


Ex-aggie chief sued over swine anomaly Published : Tuesday, November 26, 2013 00:00   Article Views : 98   FORMER Agriculture Secretary Luis Ramon Lorenzo Jr. was charged with graft over his alleged involvement in the anomalous implementation of the Quedancor Swine Program (QSP). The Office of the Ombudsman filed the charges before the Sandiganbayan after the preliminary investigation showed that there is probable cause to file the case. Aside from Lorenzo, other officials of the Quedan and Rural Credit Guarantee Corporation (Quedancor) were also charged over the anomalous implementation of a credit program that is meant to support swine raisers in the country. Quedancor is a government-owned-and-controlled corporation (GOCC). They are former Quedancor president and CEO Nelson Buenaflor, and board members Wilfredo Domo-Ong, Romeo Lanciola, Nellie Ilas, and Jesus Simon. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has approved the filing of the charges against the accused before the Sandiganbayan. The Office of the Ombudsman found that the implementing company, Metro Livestock Inc., did not deliver to borrowers supplies amounting to at least P47 million. Initial investigation showed that there was no public bidding conducted when Metro Livestock Inc was chosen to implement the program. Jester Manalastas http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/news/national/62507-ex-aggie-chief-sued-over-swineanomaly

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