Manila village officials face show cause order over alleged irregularities in the distribution of relief assistance
CALOOCAN CITY, May 7 (PIA) –The Manila City government has issued show cause orders against barangay officials over alleged irregularities in the distribution of relief assistance and allowances amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Acting Manila City Administrator Atty. Marlon Lacson ordered the barangay officials to explain within 72 hours why they should not be charged for violations of the “Bayanihan: We Heal As One Act,” the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and relevant City ordinances.
As of Wednesday, May 6, Manila Barangay Bureau Director Romeo Bagay said that the show cause orders have already been served to the 46 allegedly erring barangay officials.
The allegations hurled against the barangay officials include complaints from residents that they were only given P500 cash aid instead of the P1,000 allocated by the city government per family.
One barangay official was also accused of having residents sign acknowledgement receipts for the P1,000 financial assistance when the cash aid was never actually turned over to the recipient.
Under the City Amelioration Crisis Assistance Fund of the Manila City government, each family living in the nation’s capital must receive P1,000 cash assistance.
The financial assistance was turned over by the city government to the barangays for proper distribution.
Likewise, the allegations also include complaints from senior citizens that they were deprived of milk food supplement assistance from the city government.
Constituents of these barangay officials also hurled allegations of unfair distribution of relief packs as well as abuse in the issuance of quarantine passes.
Some residents accused the barangay officials of reducing the contents of the food packs provided by the city government.
“In view thereof, you are hereby directed to explain in writing and under oath, within seventy-two hours from receipt hereof, your alleged participation in the aforementioned complained acts and why no case, administrative or criminal should be filed against you for violations of RA 11469 otherwise known as the Bayanihan We Heal As One Act, RA 3019 otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and relevant City Ordinances,” the show cause orders issued by Atty. Lacson read.
“Your failure to submit your explanation within the specified period shall be considered a waiver of your right to submit the same and the preliminary investigation relating to this matter may proceed to determine the existence of a prima facie case against you,” the orders stated. (Manila PIO/PIA-NCR)