Thursday, October 23, 2008

Letter to city agriculturist

I sent a letter to the city agriculturist of Dumaguete City , asking for his side about the report of the Commission on Audit which discloses very disturbing anomalies in this city office. I realized that the anomalies that has plagued the Department of Agriculture (read: Joc Joc Bolante, swin scam, etc.) has trickled down to the local counterparts. Here is the letter:

October 17, 2008

Alfredo de los Santos
City Agriculturist
Dumaguete City


May we kindly request your side about the COA report for 2007 which points to certain questionable transactions by the city agriculture office. We intend to await your side on the matter before publication. But please give us your response on or before October 23, 2008.

The COA report for the year 2007 discusses its findings on the city agriculture office on its “Part II – Findings and Recommendations” Nos. 9, 10, 11, 12. A copy of the COA report is available at the COA office where we got our copy.

Specifically we seek your side on the report that your wife, Cleta de los Santos, and city agriculture office employees were recipients/beneficiaries of Plant now pay later scheme, Grow-now-pay later scheme swine fattening.

We also want to know why crops sold in the city agriculture office were so low than usual market prices, and why the city farmstead was a prominent buyer.

We look forward to getting your side.

I can be contacted at Cel phone number 0920-932-6537, or email at

Thank you.

Elmar Jay Martin I. Dejaresco
Associate Editor

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