Alcala: Show proof I dealt with Napoles NGOs

Posted at 05/16/2014 5:48 PM

MANILA - Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala on Friday challenged his accusers to show evidence that he was involved in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

Alcala was included in Janet Lim Napoles' list of government officials and other individuals who allegedly benefited from the pork barrel scam.

Alcala denied any involvement in the anomaly.

He challenged Napoles and those who have linked him to the scheme to show documents to prove that his office had dealt with bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) set up by the businesswoman.

The DA chief also maintained that even when he was still congressman of Quezon, none of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) went to Napoles' NGOs.

Nonetheless, Alcala said he is ready to face investigation.

But he said the allegations against him must be backed up by evidence, so he could defend himself.

Malacañang, for its part, has said that President Benigno Aquino III will not sack Alcala as well as the two other Cabinet secretaries included in Napoles' list -- Budget Secretary Butch Abad and TESDA chief Joel Villanueva.

Aquino said the list is still being investigated, adding that he won't fire officials unless there is sufficient evidence of involvement in the anomaly. -- Report from Robert Mano, dzMM