More than 500 local execs under probe over alleged SAP anomalies – CIDG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2020   •   259

MANILA, Philippines – More than 500 local and barangay officials are being investigated over the alleged anomalies in the distribution of the cash subsidy under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

According to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), a total of 505 local officials nationwide are under “case build-up” following allegations of their involvement in graft and corrupt practices amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

PNP-CIDG deputy director for administration Police Brigadier General Rhoderick Armamento said around 380 complainants went to their office from April 1 to June 1 to report the alleged wrongdoings of local officials during the SAP distribution.

Armamento said most of the barangay officials facing allegations are from Western Visayas.

Among the local officials under investigation are 104 barangay chairpersons, 70 are barangay councilors, and three are Sangguniang Kabataan chairpersons.

The CIDG official also revealed the recent arrest they made involving three barangay officials from Olongapo City and Davao del Sur for allegedly ‘splitting’ the SAP cash aid of intended family-beneficiaries.

“Nagkaroon din po ang splitting, namagitan s’ya at diumano sa utos ng, may nag-utos sa kanya na, yun nga, hindi ibibigay lahat ang subsidy kundi babawasan… Hindi rin po na receive totally ng mga complainants yung amount na pinirmahan nila,” Armamento said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier said that “splitting” is among the top complaints leveled against erring barangay officials, in which they allegedly divide the SAP cash aid of one family to benefit other families.

Collecting “processing fees” and getting a cut from the SAP financial aid of beneficiaries also emerged as among the top complaints against some barangay officials.

Armamento said they have already lodged criminal complaints against more than 100 barangay officials over the alleged irregularities in the SAP distribution.

He also called on the public anew to report local officials who are involved in corrupt practices through the CIDG Facebook account, and hotline numbers 09773475267 and 09510593843. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Mga lumalabag sa curfew at iba pang ordinansa sa gitna ng pandemya, huhulihin ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Philippine National Police (PNP) na huhulihin ang mga lumalabag sa mga lokal na ordinansa kasabay ng pagpapaigting ng anti-criminality campaign nito sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic.

Sinabi ni PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa na bukod sa pagsawata sa krimen, babantayan rin nila ang mga sumusuway sa mga ordinansa ng bawat lungsod gaya ng curfew hours, pagbabawal sa paninigarilyo, at pag-iinuman sa labas ng bahay, at paglabas ng walang pang-itaas na damit.

Maging ang mga lumalabag sa minimum health protocols gaya ng hindi pagsusuot ng face mask at kawalan ng physical distancing ay huhulihin din.

“Yes we will apprehend and file appropriate case,” ani Gamboa.

Paliwanag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya, layunin nito na mabawasan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease sa gitna na rin ng dumaraming bilang ng kaso nito sa bansa.

“This is a national concern na dapat tulong-tulong tayo. So, sana huwag na pasaway para wala na kami hulihin,” sabi ni Gamboa.

Umaasa ang PNP chief na paiiralin ng publiko ang disiplina at susundin ang mga ipinatutupad na batas at ordinansa sa bansa sa gitna ng kinakaharap na krisis sa kalusugan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Cops infected with COVID-19 now over 1,000 – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The number of police officers who have tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has climbed to 1,006, figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.

The PNP Health Service said 25 additional infections have been reported but there were no new deaths so the total fatalities remains at nine.

A total of 455 cops have recovered from the viral respiratory disease.

The PNP Health Service said it is also monitoring 651 probable cases and 1,252 suspected cases of COVID-19.

The Philippines has so far recorded a total of 51,745 COVID-19 infections, with 12,813 recovered patients and 1,314 fatalities. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

50 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal POGO operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2020

Fifty Chinese nationals were arrested by the Makati City Police on Monday (July 6) for working in an illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) firm.

The Makati City Police conducted an operation in Barangay Pio del Pilar after receiving complaints from residents about an illegal gambling operation.

NCRPO director Police MGen. Debold Sinas said various electronic devices including laptop computers, cellphones, and wifi routers were seized in the operation.

The arrested Chinese nationals will face various charges, such as violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, violation of RA 10176, and violation of article 515 in relation to RA 11332, as well as the city’s general community quarantine guidelines. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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