By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) filed charges against a barangay chairperson in Capiz province for alleged anomaly in the distribution of government cash aids for those affected by the community quarantine.
CIDG Chief for Western Visayas Police Lt. Col. Jun Balmaceda said that graft and corruption charges have been filed against Barangay Lanigpa Chairperson Marilyn Blanco of Panay town.
According to CIDG Capiz Chief Police Maj. Chris Devaras, Blanco was allegedly deducting a certain amount of money from the cash aid received by beneficiaries under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Residents of Baranga Lanigpa came forward to accuse Blanco of deducting P2,000 each from the P6,000 cash aid given them under SAP.
Blanco allegedly told SAP beneficiaries that the amount deducted will be used as fund to be given to those who were not eligible to receive SAP aid.
Blanco “may have deliberately used her position to extort a certain percentage” of the cash aid during this time of crisis caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“CIDG is encouraging individuals to report any SAP irregularities to the nearest police station or to us,” Balmaceda added.