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Manila cleared of ghost barangay issue – DILG report

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By Ria Fernandez

The city government of Manila has been cleared from the alleged funding of 27 “ghost” barangays, a report of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Manila shows.

The Manila City Hall clock tower is seen illuminated with colorful lights display (Jay Ganzon / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The Manila City Hall clock tower is seen illuminated with colorful lights display
(Jay Ganzon / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The DILG-Manila revealed that the 27 non-existent barangays, which received P108.73 million worth of real property taxes from the local government according to the Commission on Audit (COA), were actually existing but under different names.

The probe further found that P365,000 fund allocated to a certain “Barangay 10” were kept untouched at the City’s Trust Fund Account.

The DILG-Manila findings came about two months after DILG Acting Sec. Eduardo Año moved to look into the “ghost” barangays anomaly in Manila.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said he was relieved and pleased with the result of the investigation.

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