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DA funds go to ghost groups

At least P444 million in taxpayers’ money released to the Department of Agriculture (DA) in 2007 was diverted to 16 private foundations, many of which could not be located. The amount is part of more than P600 million in agriculture- related funds given by DA Secretary Arthur Yap to local government units and so-called “people’s organizations” like foundations. Of the P600 million, some P235 million was released “prior to the May 2007 (congressional- local) elections,” according to COA.

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