Banana Workers Should Thank Cathy Binag For TADECO’s Now Uncertain Future

According to the ANFLOCOR website, “the Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO) is one of the highest yielding banana plantations in the world, is engaged in the production and export of fresh Cavendish bananas to Japan, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Middle East, Russia, Malaysia and Singapore under the Del Monte Brand name. It is the flagship company of the ANFLOCOR Group of Companies.”

I have no idea right now how big this company’s annual profits are, but I’ll estimate it at several billions of pesos or certainly huge enough to make Congressman Tonyboy Floreindo’s P75 million contribution to President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2016 campaign seem like a drop in the bucket.

But all of this may come to naught in the coming months as House Speaker Bebot Alvarez’ graft complaint against Cong. Floreindo makes its way through the Office of the Ombudsman.

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In the complaint, House Speaker Alvarez alleged that Floreindo violated Section 3(h) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act which defines as a corrupt act “directly or indirectly having financing or pecuniary interest in any business, contract, or transaction in connection with which he intervenes or takes part in his official capacity, or in which he is prohibited by the Constitution or by any law from having any interest.

Floreindo’s camp denied this saying that the congressman had divested himself as early as 1999 and it’s rather strange that he is still listed as the Chairman of the Board of ANFLOCOR, which is TADECO’s mother company.

If the graft complaint against Floreindo progresses to the point where the Sandiganbayan convicts him, the congressman stands to lose everything.

RA 3019 ANTI-GRAFT AND CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT, Section 9 states that “Any public officer or private person committing any of the unlawful acts or omissions enumerated in Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 of this Act shall be punished with imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, perpetual disqualification from public office, and confiscation or forfeiture in favor of the Government of any prohibited interest and unexplained wealth manifestly out of proportion to his salary and other lawful income.

I am not at all too sure if the Administration will pry open ANFLOCOR’s financial records as well as the financial records of Floreindo to determine just how closely tied these are or if there is any basis for the government to pursue any claim over ANFLOCOR or TADECO.

But for sure, any move by the government to seize ANFLOCOR or TADECO may bode ill for the company, its stakeholders and the businesses it supplies with bananas.

At this point, I have no idea at all how this can even be connected to the fight over seats during the Masskara Festival a year ago between congressman Floreindo’s live-in parther Cathy Binag and House Speaker Alvarez’ alleged girlfriend Jennifer Maliwanag Vicencio.

If at all, Binag’s statements as found in several news reports looks like an act of desperation.

4 Replies to “Banana Workers Should Thank Cathy Binag For TADECO’s Now Uncertain Future”

  1. Hey, whoever is investigating this TADECO issue. They can see the technicalities of this TADECO issue. However, they cannot see the tremendous thievery/plunder of the : DAP, PDAF, Pork Barrel Bribery, etc…They cannot even see the Typhoon Yolanda Fund, that was stolen by Mar Roxas.

    How about the theft of the Philippine gold reserve, by: Aquino, Mar Roxas, Porky Drillon, Leila de Lima and their cahoots…the gold reserve loot is deposited in a bank in Thailand. This is a multi trillion pesos thievery by Aquino and his cahoots. It must be fully investigated. Punish all the thieves, who did the stealing…

    There is also the illegal Shabu drug dealing and illegal gambling of the late, Jesse Robredo; the husband of the Fake Vice President Leni Robredo. A political enemy of Jesse Robredo, by the name of, Emil Aguinaldo is still missing…we don’t know if he is murdered…

    Finish the big cases, first…let us throw these “Big Thieves” in jail, or hang them…

    Then, we can go to the TADECO case, if you want…we want the “Big Thieves” to be prosecuted first !

  2. could you prosecute pnoy and jail him? i don’t think so. because morales and sereno will use his fake mentality disorder to let him walk away for the crimes he did to the pilipinos. i don’t think pnoy is mentally sick. he just acts like one.

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