PNP-CIDG handling 336 SAP aid complaints

August 17, 2020

AT least 336 complaints regarding the alleged anomalous distribution of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash aid from the government are already being handled by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group as of yesterday, PNP-CIDG director Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said.

The official said that since last April, they have taken cognizance of the over 300 complaints on SAP irregularities involving at least 1,063 probable suspects, mostly barangay officials, health workers and their alleged cohorts in the anomalous aid distribution.

Coronel said that the 336 complaints were among the 723 cases referred to them although 240 of the cases have already been cleared while 46 are still under investigation.

Another three cases are being readied by the PNP-CIDG for filing in court and six others have been referred to other agencies. Another 41 cannot be filed due to valid reasons, the official said.

Coronel said that since the start of the SAP aid distribution for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 455 elected public officials and 608 others including barangay ‘purok leaders,’ secretaries and health workers as well as social workers and some civilians have been charged.

He said that recently, his men filed two cases for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in relation to RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act against several public officials in Qurino and Albay provinces.