307 cases have been filed against barangay officials following discoveries of alleged anomalies related to the distribution of the social amelioration program (SAP).
Interior secretary Eduardo Año, whose office lodged the complaints, said that of this number, 27 were SAP-related cases re-filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, while 270 others were filed with the Prosecutor’s Office. Thirty of these cases reached the trial courts.
These cases filed were in violation of a several laws, among which were RA 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; RA 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards; and the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, as well as robbery extortion and grave threats.
Referred to the Prosecutor’s Office were 184 administrative cases put forth against barangay chairpersons, while 57 were brought to the trial courts and 66 were re-filed at the Office of the Ombudsman.
Año also reported that 89 barangay chairpersons were currently suspended for SAP-related offenses. Many of those suspended served in Region I, the National Capital Region and Region II, while the Cordillera Administrative Region and Caraga Administrative Region had the least number of barangay chiefs suspended.