POLICE Regional Office 6 director, Brigadier General Rene P. Pamuspusan, yesterday announced the filing of criminal charges against 39 persons accused of involvement in the anomalous distribution of Special Amelioration Program (SAP) financial subsidy for poor residents of Western Visayas.
The official said those charged include 11 barangay chairmen, eight ‘kagawad’ or councilors, eight barangay secretaries, five health workers, one ‘purok’ leader, two liaison officers, one municipal social worker and three civilians.
The suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, RA 11469 or An Act Declaring the Existence of A National Emergency Arising from the Corona Virus Disease 2019, RA 6713 or an act establishing a code of conduct ethical standards for public officials and employees, falsification by public officer, employee, notary ecclesiastic minister, falsification by private individuals and use of falsified documents.
Pamuspusan said with the help of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, they launched the investigation on SAP distribution anomalies in the region which led to the filing of the charges against the accused from May 6 to 29.
“We at the PRO6 and the CIDG Region 6 appreciate the courage and cooperation of the community in reporting the alleged anomalies in the distribution of SAP in their respective barangays and to stand for the truth. We further appeal to the citizenry to continuously report to the nearest police station or the PRO6 SAP hotlines any irregularities in the distribution of SAP,” said Pamuspusan as he warned that irregularities in the distribution of government aid to the poor has no place in Western Visayas.