Eleven persons, including the barangay captain and Sangguniang Kabataan chairwoman of Barangay Mandalagan in Bacolod City, were charged for an alleged Social Amelioration Program anomaly, yesterday.
They were identified as Mandalagan captain Arturo Parreño, kagawads Bernabe Canoy, Aaron Abao and Michael Medel, SK president Mary Joy Galleto, barangay staff Elizabeth Ferrer Garzon, Luz Villaflor, Christine Beatingo, Mary NelGalleto Guardiano, and Stephen Ryan Rimpus, and Purok Santol president Joel Nicavera, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bacolod records showed.
CIDG-Bacolod assisted five residents of Mandalagan in filing the charges for violations of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and RA 10469, or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office, yesterday.
The joint affidavit of the complainants stated that the respondents conspired with each other as part of the Barangay Selection Process Team, and did not properly screen the qualified beneficiaries and instead prioritized their immediate families, close relatives, barangay health and paid workers, some of whom are living in big subdivisions, and political affiliates.
This resulted in qualified beneficiaries being left out, the complainants said.
The complainants also found double to triple entries of names of those who availed of the SAP grant.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the respondents refused to accept the appeal and petitions of the complainants, who belong to the poorest families in Barangay Mandalagan, to be included in the selection process for the distribution of SAP funds, the affidavit added.*
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