The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced today that 301 barangay officials are now facing criminal charges after the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) completed the build-up of anomalies related in the pay-out of the first tranche of Social Amelioration Program.
“Hindi po hihinto ang DILG at ang PNP sa paghabol sa mga kurakot na barangay, LGU officials, at personnel na ito. (DILG Secretary Eduardo 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,” DILG Underscretary and Spokesperson Jonathan E. Malaya said.
He said that the list of 301 barangay officials facing criminal cases as of June 2 is just the latest figure reported to the DILG, so the people can expect the filing of more criminal cases in the coming days.
Based on the PNP-CIDG report, punong barangay and barangay kagawad comprise a huge chunk of those currently facing criminal cases.
Barangay secretaries, health workers, treasurers, Sangguniang Kabataan chairpersons and even officials and employees of LGUs have also been charged with criminal cases.
Meanwhile, 125 civilian co-conspirators have also been filed with criminal cases.
The local officials were charged with violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices, RA 11469 known as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and RA 11332 or Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases.
“Patuloy po ang pagtanggap namin ng mga sumbong and we encourage our kababayans na ireport ang mga ganitong uri ng kalokohan,” Malaya said.
In Pangasinan, Punong Barangay Ariel Hiquina of San Vicente in San Jacinto town together with his accomplices barangay health worker Elizabeth Oligan and municipal health worker Nancy Bombarda were among the ones charged with criminal cases for allegedly splitting the SAP aid.
According to Malaya, Oligan reportedly told households that one SAP Form would be divided to benefit two persons who will split the Php5,500 financial assistance.
“These officials do not operate alone kaya itong si Oligan was later on identified to have been allegedly working with the kapitan at isang tao ng munisipyo kaya sila ngayong tatlo ay nahaharap sa kasong paglabag sa Section 3(e) ng RA 3019 at Section 6(a) naman ng RA 11469,” Malaya said.
In Leyte, the amount of PhP1,600.00 was reportedly deducted from the recipients’ SAP financial aid leading to criminal cases filed against Punong Barangay Edison Franco together with his cohorts who are also officials of Barangay Balite, Villaba town.
Reports said that Franco, in cahoots with his barangay treasurer, health worker, and Day Care teacher, allegedly devised a scheme by deducting the amount.
“These are cases on the ground that we encourage the residents to report kaya patuloy ang paghikayat namin na kanila na maglakas-loob at isumbong ang mga walang pusong ito at we will ensure na ito ay maaksyunan,” Malaya said.