DILG Urges Ombudsman To Suspend 50 Village Chiefs Over Cash Anomalies
50 VILLAGE CHIEFS – DILG recently urgd the Ombudsman for the preventive suspension of 50 village chiefs over cash aid distribution anomalies.
Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) have prepared 155 criminal complaints against the said chiefs, according to a report from ABS-CBN.
The agency also filed criminal and administrative cases before the Ombudsman against them as well, Año added.
He said that the department expected the chiefs to be placed under preventive suspension while the Ombudsman is probing the administrative aspect of their cases.
“Nai-submit na po namin itong mga kaso na ‘to, at within the week po ay inaasahan namin na initially ay 50 barangay captain ang magkakaroon ng preventive suspension habang iniimbestiga po ng Ombudsman ang administrative aspect ng kanilang mga kaso,”
The barangay officials came from Metro Manila, Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Calabarzon.
Duterte earlier warned corrupt local government officials that they will face suspension or immediate dismissal, based on the report.
The president ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to tap the military and police in order to help in the distribution of cash aid.
This was followed after apprehensions that public funds might be misused by local chiefs.
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