More than 500 local execs under probe over alleged SAP anomalies – CIDG
Robie de Guzman • June 2, 2020 • 470
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)
The alleged mastermind of the mall bombing in Cotabato in 2018 died in an encounter with the police on Tuesday (December 1).
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed that Abraham Abad Abdulrahman alias Abu Suffian died in a gun battle with a composite police team implementing a Search Warrant in Barangay Bagua 2, Cotabato City.
During the operation, Abu Suffian resisted during the lawful search and engaged the police team in a firefight.
Six minor children were rescued from the area of encounter. The raiding team recovered a 60mm high-explosive mortar projectile, IED components, and a motorcycle.
PNP Chief, Police General Debold Sinas urged other PNP units to intensify efforts against terrorist personalities belonging to domestic and transnational threat groups. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – Kinumpirma ni Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas na may hawak silang bagong listahan ng mga pulis na umano’y sangkot sa operasyon ng iligal na droga sa bansa.
Sa ekslusibong ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Lea Ylagan, sinabi ni Sinas na may ranggo ang mga pulis na nakasama sa listahan ngunit tumanggi siyang tukuyin ang mga ito, kung saan naka-assign pati na ang pangalan ng mga tinaguriang narco-cops.
“Halo na po yan. Kaunti na lang yan pero hindi na muna namin pangalanan at sabihiin ang ranggo kasi baka magtanungan eh,” ang pahayag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya.
Ayon kay Sinas, ang listahan ay batay sa nakalap na intelligence report patuloy pa itong isinasailalim sa validation process.
Isasalang din aniya ito sa adjudication process gaya ng ginawa sa termino ng nag-retiro nang si PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.
Sa panahon ni Gamboa, aabot sa 357 pulis ang napabilang sa sinasabing narco-list.
“Ito lang naman ay more on intelligence report, bina-validate, evaluated, confirmed, re-confirmed… Ganoon po ang proseso natin. Pagdating sa DI ay ina-adjudicate kung totoo nga o hindi para finally remain them in the list or to remove them,” ang wika ni Sinas.
Sakaling makumpirmang sangkot nga sa operasyon ng iligal na droga ang mga nasa listahan at may sapat na ebidensiya at testigo ay sasampahan ang mga ito ng kaukulang kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Military and police officials on Friday lauded the conviction of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon on charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, calling it a victory for the victims of the communist group.
In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson, Major General Edgard Arevalo said the court’s decision is “a victory for the many victims of atrocities of the NPA particularly orders to conduct murder, arson, extortion, ambushes, bombing and the like that they orchestrated.”
“They were convicted ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ by the Regional Trial Court 216 of Quezon City for the crime of kidnapping and serious illegal detention,” he said.
The Tiamzon couple is believed to be ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 found the couple guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. They were sentenced to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years of imprisonment.
The Tiamzons were also ordered to pay damages and civil indemnity to the complainant amounting to P225,000.
“The AFP will continue to hunt them down after they have violated the provisions of their temporary liberty by virtue of their being nominated as consultants in the peace negotiations with the government. They refused to submit themselves to the government after the peace negotiations did not prosper,” Arevalo said.
He also vowed that the AFP would continue to strengthen its resolve to bring other criminals to justice in honor of the victims of the violence perpetrated by the CPP-NPA.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) called the conviction of Tiamzon couple a triumph of justice.
“It is also another success story on the efficiency of our prosecutors of our investigators who secured the validity of evidence presented during trial. Of course, it is also a manifestation of the sins committed by the communist terrorists against our people,” PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Ilbrandi Usana said in a statement.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also lauded the conviction of the Tiamzons, recalling the efforts to track down and arrest the couple when he was just a military captain.
“I’m very happy malaki kasi yung hirap ko diyan sa paghuli niyan I was the chief of ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the AFP) when they was arrested in March 2014. I just cannot recall the exact date March 20 or 21, I spent half of my career looking for this couple started I was Captain,” he said.
The couple was arrested in 2014 in Cebu City after many years of hiding. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
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