Punong barangays suspended over SAP anomalies

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Residents from Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City line up to receive cash under the social amelioration program amid the enhanced community quarantine on May 4, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Several barangay officials have been officially suspended from their duties because of irregularities in the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program, the Interior department said Saturday.

At least 89 Punong Barangays have been placed on a 6-month preventive suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

“Ang katiwalian ay walang puwang sa ating pamahalaan lalong-lalo pa ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said.

[May the suspension serve as a warning to other local officials. Corruption has no place in our government especially in this time of pandemic.]

The Office of the Ombudsman said that “the evidence on record shows that the guilt of these punong barangays is strong and the charges against them involve Serious Dishonesty, Grave Misconduct, Abuse of Authority and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service which may warrant removal from the service.”

Topping the list of suspended punong barangay were Region I, National Capital Region, and Region II. Cordillera Administrative Region and Caraga has the least number of suspended PBs.

Moreover, 447 individuals were charged with criminal cases for violating Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), RA 11469 (Bayanihan Act I), and RA 6713 (Code of Conduct of Government Officials and Employees), among others, again in relation to the implementation of the Social Amelioration.

Of the 447 suspects, 211 are elected local and barangay officials, 104 are appointed barangay officials and 132 are their civilian co-conspirators.

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