The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) will investigate 283 elected officials over alleged anomalies in the distribution of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
Among the 283 officials is a mayor who allegedly failed to distribute over P300,000 worth of financial assistance to beneficiaries.
Officials involved range from barangay chairmen to municipal councilors and youth officials.
CIDG Deputy Director for Administration PBGen. Rhoderick Armamento said similar complaints have been reported against the involved officials.
“Karamihan po sa complaint na aming natanggap, iyon nga po ang splitting, na kung saan sinasabi ng mga ng nag-rereklamo na P6,500 ang kanilang pinirmahan pero ang natanggap lang nilang pera is P3,000 (Among the complaints we received include splitting. Complainants said they signed for a P6,500 subsidy but only received P3,000),” he said.
Meanwhile, the CIDG is also investigating on 445 non-elected officials including barangay health secretaries, barangay health workers, purok leaders and other civilians.
The CIDG has filed cases on 157 individuals after seeing sufficient evidence. Armamento reminds government officials to properly distribute the financial assistance to the beneficiaries.
“Huwag po tayong magsamantala. Ibigay po natin ang nararapat na para sa kanila dahil iyan po ay galing sa pamahalaan at nararapat lang po na makarating sa ating kababayan (Let us not take advantage of the beneficiaries. We should give what is due because that is from the government and it should be received by the citizens),” he said.AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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