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Phl official linked to P15M bribery attempt
A FILIPINO businessman has linked the administrator of the National Food Authority (NFA) in Manila to a P15-million bribery attempt allegedly in exchange for the reopening of his rice depot in Bulacan province.
In an interview over dzRH Radio-Manila early Thursday evening, Jojo Soliman said an emissary of NFA Administrator Arthur Juan went to his office last August 10 and asked for P15 million.
Soliman said the emissary told him that the total amount would be divided into three: P5 million each for Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Secretary Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan of Food Security and NFA Administrator Juan.
He said he has already deposited in a bank P5 million under the name of Atty. Patricia Galang. He, however, refused to identify the bank, saying he has already brought the matter to government authorities and an investigation is now being conducted.
The NFA padlocked Soliman’s deport in Bulacan province on allegation that he was selling “hogwash” and not rice.
After a thorough examination, however, it was discovered that the sacks of rice in Soliman’s deport could be eaten by human beings.