Duterte Offers Cash Reward For Information On Local Officials Stealing SAP

Pres. Duterte Speaks on SAP / Cash Aid for Poor Filipinos Amid COVID-19 Crisis

DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is offering a cash reward for information about local government officials stealing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance.

Philippines is one of the nations that is now implementing several measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19. More than 200 countries got confirmed cases of the said disease.

In PH, according to the Department of Health (DOH), there is now a total of 9,485 cases of coronavirus confirmed. Out of the total cases, 623 people died while 1,315 patients recovered from the disease.

The whole of Luzon and most provinces in Visayas and Mindanao were placed under an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to curb the spread of coronavirus. Everyone’s advised to stay at home.

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Amid the implementation of ECQ, a lot of people lost their monthly income. Many businesses temporarily stopped their operation.

To help the citizens, the Social Amelioration Program was launched. Millions of individuals were given the SAP cash aid. Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte vowed to help the Filipinos amid the crisis.

However, there were some accusations of irregularities regarding the SAP cash aid for the people Based on a post of Aksyon Radyo Bacolod, Pres. Duterte is now offering a cash reward for information about local government officials who are stealing the said assistance for the people.

The President is offering a Php 30,000.00 reward for anyone who can give information about the irregularities in the distribution of the cash aid. Based on the post, he also ordered the mayors to guard the people in charged to distribute the financial assistance.

The Chief Executive mentioned Danilo Flores, a councilor in Hagonoy, Bulacan, over corruption allegations. Reportedly, the SAP given to the people went through a Php 3,500.00 – cut. Some citizens claimed they were not told why they were not given the full amount.

According to Flores, there was an “internal agreement” that the cut on the SAP fund would be allocated for those who were not given the financial aid. He stressed that he is willing to face the issue.

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