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Ombudsman probe to look into possible conspiracy in DA, FTI onion purchase


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The Department of Agriculture announced on Monday its plan to import 22,000 metric tons of onion as prices zoomed in the past two months. 

STAR / File


MANILA, Philippines — Ombudsman Samuel Martires said Wednesday that his office’s investigation into the purchase of onions by the Department of Agriculture and Food Terminal Inc. from a Nueva Ecija cooperative will look into the possibility that there was collusion between government officials and the private sector.


“We will check if there was collusion, direct conspiracy, between some officials of the Department of Agriculture and the private sector,” Martires said partly in Filipino on DZBB.


“We need to wait for the explanation of FTI. Why did they purchase onions from this cooperative? What other cooperatives bidded?” he said.


Full Story: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/01/11/2236868/ombudsman-probe-look-possible-conspiracy-da-fti-onion-purchase


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