Other NFA workers should be investigated on missing rice
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| Posted on July 29, 2014
By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN-Caraga Regional Editor
SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur – Vice Governor Santiago Cane Jr. said heads must roll in the disappearance of some 1,800 sacks of rice inside the warehouse of National Food Authority in Bayugan City
Netizens also agreed with Cane in commenting on Facebook to express doubts that the incident could not be solely responsible to the warehouse supervisor but there could be collusion among other NFA workers.
“Command responsibility cannot be ignored in this case,” Cane said as he called for a deeper investigation in the incident to unmask others that could be involved in the missing sacks of NFA rice which cost to P2.4 million.
“The warehouse manager cannot say he knew nothing about it. 1800 bags of rice cannot just disappear in minutes. Whoever are responsible must be dealt with accordingly,” Cane said in an online interview.
A Facebook post on the a newspaper report about the incident drew varied reactions to netizens who commonly said NFA provincial manager Gil Tabor should be held responsible for it
“Tell Mr Tabor to tell that to the marines,” said former congressman Ceferino Paredes in his comment.
Other also reacted that Tabor has got to deal with command responsibility. “ This has been going on for years,” hinted one comment. Yet one commenter put it harshly, “Robbers are now selective.
They would sometimes slap a victim if they found out that they got a cheap robbed belonging.”
Tabor has earlier tagged NFA warehouse supervisor Melvin Pacaña as the suspect behind the case saying he did this on his own since he had been sleeping inside the warehouse alone since he was assigned there last year.
But while there is no results yet on the investigation conducted by operatives of Criminal Investigation Detection Group, reports has it that Pacana was already missing after he admitted that he was responsible for the taking out of missing NFA rice.
Tabor told reporters that Pacana has stopped reporting to work in July 22 three days after a joint team from the NFA and CIDG found 42 empty, brand-new sacks of commercial rice on Pacaña’s service vehicle, a Wrangler-type jeepney.
A logbook from security guards of the NFA warehouse has listed the plate number of the truck that was loaded with 500 sacks of NFA rice with Davao City as its destination.
The discovery of the missing stocks took place on July 19 when Senior Inspector Dick Cale, CIDG investigator, and NFA officials made a surprise inventory.
It turned out that out of the about 9,000 bags the warehouse was supposed to have in stock, 1,890 sacks could not be accounted for.
The authorities also found out that the missing sacks of rice were replaced with 133 pieces of decoy wooden crates covered with empty sacks of rice.