More than 300 cases have been filed against local officials over alleged anomalies in the distribution of the social amelioration program (SAP) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a televised meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte late on Monday, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said 27 alleged SAP-related anomalies were re-filed before the Office of the Ombudsman while 270 were filed with the Prosecutors’ Office. Also, 30 cases are being send to the trial courts.
Año’s report was based on the SAP-related criminal complaints the DILG has probed which involved 782 complainants and 1,278 suspects.
Año gave these updates on the 367 cases investigated by the DILG.
The cases filed are in violation of the Republic Act 3019 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, RA 6713 or Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards, and the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, among others, while cases of robbery extortions and grave threats have been filed against some of the officials.
In the administrative cases lodged against the barangay chairpersons, Año said 184 complaints were referred to the Prosecutors’ Office, 57 were elevated to the trial courts, while 66 were re-filed with the Office of the Ombudsman.
“Mayroon tayong kasalukuyang under suspension na 89 barangay chairmen (We currently have 89 barangay chairmen suspended) for SAP related violation complaints),’’ Año noted. SOVEREIGNPH