MANILA, Philippines – A total of 397 barangay and local government officials are now facing criminal charges for their alleged involvement in anomalies in the distribution of the first tranche of cash aid under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.
The DILG also reported that around 663 individuals, including elected barangay and local government officials have been subjected to police investigation.
“The rest, 396, are other government employees or civilian accomplices of those elected local officials. Of the total 663 individuals, so far, we have filed criminal cases against 397 of them,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.
Año said more cases are expected to be filed against corrupt barangay officials as the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) is now conducting case build-up and investigation on 67 cases.
“Marami pang kasunod ito. Ang datos na ito ay mula April 1 hanggang June 16 pa lamang kaya doon sa mga gumawa ng kalokohan noong unang pamimigay ng SAP, sinasabi ko sa inyo na hindi kayo makakalusot,” he said.
The DILG also assured the 460 complainants who reported the anomalies to the PNP that it will pursue those cases with the help of the Department of Justice.
“Paalala lang po sa ating mga lokal na opisyal lalo na iyong mga inihalal ng taumbayan, ‘wag ninyo pong ipagpalit ang tiwala ng publiko sa inyo sa kahit anumang halaga. Public trust is priceless. Let’s remain true to our oath as public servants,” the department said.
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