MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday said it has recommended to the Office of the Ombudsman the imposition of disciplinary action against 20 barangay executives in Metro Manila for allegedly violating the enhanced community quarantine protocols.
“We want to send a message sa mga pasaway na barangay official that the DILG will not tolerate any violation of ECQ protocols. As government officials, we should take the lead in following the law and not in breaking it,” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said in a statement
“Wala tayong sasantuhin. Patuloy ang pagtanggap natin ng mga reklamo kaya patuloy din ang pagsasampa natin ng kaso sa Office of the Ombudsman,” he added.
The DILG said that of the 20 barangay chiefs, five are from Caloocan City, another five from Quezon City; two from Parañaque City; one each from Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, Manila, Makati, Pasay, Taguig, Marikina and Muntinlupa.
The department said that their offenses involve violations in the implementation of physical distancing in engagements with the citizens of barangays, illegal cockfighting, gambling, poor enforcement of lockdown protocols as children were seen playing in the streets, negligence and gross neglect of duty, among others.
In a letter to Ombudsman Samuel Martires dated June 16, 2020, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said that the 20 barangay officials were initially sent show cause orders, pursuant to Administrative Order No. 267 delegating the supervisory powers of the President to the DILG, to seek for their response to the allegations hurled against them.
Finding their response insufficient, Diño said they found enough evidence and ground to warrant their endorsement to the Office of the Ombudsman pursuant to Section 21 and 26 of RA 6770.
“Patong-patong ang mga reklamo at sumbong na natanggap namin laban sa kanila kaya sa kabila ng kanilang sagot sa show cause order ay minabuti naming ipadala pa din sa Ombudsman ang mga ebidensyang aming nakalap,” he said.
Diño assured that more complaints will be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman since the investigation is ongoing against more than a hundred barangay officials for various quarantine violations.
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