Barangay Kagawad, Accomplice Allegedly Selling Vaccination Slots Arrested by NBI
The operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested a barangay kagawad and his accomplice for allegedly selling vaccination slots.
According to the allegation, a barangay councilor in Manila and his accomplice sold a vaccine spot at a public school in the city. Arturo Magtalas, a barangay councilor, and his accomplice Benjie Montaos were detained.
The two were apprehended in Tondo’s Barangay 106 during an entrapment operation at General Vicente Lim Elementary School. The suspects allegedly sold the vaccination slots to offshore gaming operators in the Philippines (POGO).
After learning that Montaos was selling 10 vaccine spots for P6,000 per vial, the NBI Special Action Unit acted. The two were apprehended while delivering the vaccination stubs to an NBI agent who purported to be vaccinating, according to the NBI. They also received money that had been tagged.
The suspects were also told to register at Manila City Hall to receive QR codes, according to the NBI. Graft and a violation of the Anti-Red Tape Act will be charged against the suspects.
Magtalas will also face a separate complaint for violation of Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. Meanwhile, On July 23, Mary ‘Rosebud” Ong and her accomplices were also arrested for selling vaccine slots to Chinese nationals in Pasay City.
Rosebud was identified as a former narcotics agent. According to the complainants, they met someone who guaranteed them COVID-19 vaccination slots for P7,000 for each dose.
However, the amount startled the complainants and aside from that, they discovered that selling the doses was illegal, based on the report. As a result, they informed the SAU, who organized an entrapment operation that resulted in the suspects’ arrest.
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