DA chief accused of nepotism for allegedly appointing son-in-law as HSDC general manager
Agriculture Secretary William Dar has been accused of being guilty of nepotism after allegedly naming his son-in-law as the general manager of Human Settlement Development Corp. (HSDC), an agency under the Department of Agriculture (DA).
A statement showed that resigned Department of Agriculture (DA) Deputy Director John Pagaduan recently charged Dar with Nepotism and Grave Abuse of Authority before the Office of the Ombudsman for designating his son-in-law, Alex Arizabal, as General Manager of the HSDC.
But Dar’s spokesperson denied this, saying there has been no proof that a file complaint regarding the matter has been filed at the Ombudsman.
“First, the story is misleading [so] we cannot react,” DA Spokesperson Noel Reyes.
“Has he formally lodged the complaint with the Ombudsman? When? If not, the story is baseless,” he added.
Reyes didn’t vehemently deny the allegations.
Pagaduan, in his complaint, said that Arizabal, being the beneficiary of the claimed illegal designation, should also be held criminally and administratively liable along with Dar.
Pagaduan was an appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte as Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF).
He served in the administration of former Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who appointed his younger brother, Ferdinand “Bong” Piñol, as his Executive Assistant at the DA.