Three barangay officials and two civilians in Negros Occidental were charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for violation of RA 3019, also known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 11469, or Bayanihan Act to Heal as One, the alleged anomalies in the distribution of the government’s social amelioration program (SAP).
Respondents in the charges filed by the Civilian Investigation and Detection Group were Romeo Sultan, barangay chairman of Salamanca in Toboso, Negros Occidental, barangay chairman Ramon Jardin, barangay secretary Stephen Jalandoon and purok president Corazon Latosa and barangay liaison officer Rosejean Estador of Brgy. Felisa, Bacolod City.
Regional police spokesman Lt. Col. Gilbert Gorero said yesterday that a separate administrative case for Violation of RA 6713 (Code of Ethical Standard of Public Official) will also be filed at the Office of the Ombudsman upon resumption of its services.
Last month, CIDG also filed similar charges against 19 barangay officials in Western Visayas over alleged anomalies in the distribution of SAP.
Gorero said that the irregularities in the distribution of government cash aid perpetrated by erring public officials will be investigated thoroughly as ordered by CIDG chief Maj. Gen. Joel Napoleon Coronel, and PBrig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, regional director of Western Visayas.
“We appreciate the courage and cooperation of the community in reporting alleged anomalies in the distribution of SAP in their respective barangays,” Gorero said.
Bacolod City and Iloilo are among the areas in Western Visayas to receive a second tranche of SAP emergency subsidies.
SAP recipients are receiving emergency subsidies ranging P5,000 to P8,000 to help them cope with the crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.*
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