BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Five incumbent kagawads of Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City have filed a complaint before the Office of the President and the Criminal and Investigation Group against suspended Barangay Captain Noli Villarosa and four officials and employees of the barangay for alleged irregularities in December 2020.
The complaint was filed by Tangub Kagawads Katrina Joan Sonota, Dindo Amadeo, Eduardo Lavadia, Sally Canada, and Jose Montaño against Tangub barangay treasurer Teresa Domadiego, secretary Reystine Joy Cabalhin, acting barangay captain Luz Atienza, kagawad Jose Rey Pendon, and Villarosa, who has been suspended from September 2020 to March for alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
Villarosa said he has not yet received a copy of their complaint. These are all allegations and should be filed in court so he could answer them, he added.
He said the complaint against him regarding alleged irregularities in the implementation of SAP and other cases have already been dismissed. The Ombudsman said that whatever cases will be filed against him have to be filed in the courts.
In their complainant, the five kagawads claimed that Villarosa and the four officials and employees have been colluding and conniving in performing acts and activities which include misappropriation of barangay funds, falsification of barangay records, perjury, corruption, and nepotism.
They said Villarosa has designated and approved unqualified SAP beneficiaries who are barangay employees at the same time.
Villarosa also personally hired Jimmy Toga to collect daily and monthly rentals from the Jovic Market vendors, including electricity charges, until November 2020 when he was already suspended from office, the complainants said.
Villarosa has not paid the owner of Jovic Market since January 2020, they added.
Meanwhile, Sonota said they filed the complaint for their safety and security after she was harassed by a woman, who has not yet been hired as a job order casual due to the delay in the release of the allowance of job-orders.
She said they did not sign the JOs payroll for January after receiving complaints that they have only been paid P500 instead of P2,500, as indicated in their payroll for their salaries to be released. They have requested for warm bodies and a copy of the payroll and for the wages to be released in their presence.
Sonota also claimed that the payroll released for 91 barangay workers in October 2020 amounted to P687,100. But the amount increased to P718,614.83 in January when the total number of workers decreased to 49. They have not signed any resolution to hire for January, she added.*