MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday said that a total of 301 barangay officials are now facing criminal charges over the alleged anomalies in the distribution of cash aid under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
“Hindi po hihinto ang DILG at ang PNP (Philippine National Police) sa paghabol sa mga kurakot na barangay, LGU officials, at personnel na ito,” DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.
“Secretary Año has personally directed the PNP to ensure that cases are filed para maparusahan ang mga ito sapagkat talaga namang nakakagalit na sa panahon ng krisis kung kailan kailangang-kailangan ng ating mga kababayan ng tulong ay nagagawa pa nilang manloko ng mga kabarangay nila,” he added.
Malaya said more cases will be filed in the coming days as the PNP continues to conduct case build-up against 76 other barangay officials.
He said a total of 381 complainants went to the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to report the alleged corrupt practices of their barangay officials in the SAP distribution.
Based on the latest report of the PNP-CIDG, a huge chunk of those facing criminal raps are barangay chairperson and councilmen. Barangay secretaries, health workers, treasurers, Sangguniang Kabataan chairpersons and even local government officials and employees have also been charged with criminal cases.
These officials were charged for violations of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices, RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and RA 11332 or Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases.
Malaya also reiterated the DILG’s call on the public to report irregularities in the cash aid distribution as the government prepares to distribute the second tranche of the assistance this month.
“Patuloy po ang pagtanggap namin ng mga sumbong and we encourage our kababayans na ireport ang mga ganitong uri ng kalokohan,” he said.
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