PNP-CIDG probing 728 suspects in SAP anomaly

A TOTAL of 728 suspects in the alleged anomalies in the distribution of the 1st tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP)  across the country are now being investigated by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, officials said yesterday.

PNP-CIDG director Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said that from April 1 to last Wednesday, they have been investigating 496 complaints against the 728 "probable suspects" who are mostly barangay and other government officials and their cohorts.

The announcement was made as PNP chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa sai all police measures are being taken to prevent the repetition of similar SAP anomalies during the 2nd tranche of the government aid.

During the period, Coronel said that his men have already accepted 264 complaints and filed 157 criminal cases in courts.

The official said that the CIDG Region 12 recorded the highest number of cases with 50 followed by the CIDG Region 7 with 26.

Coronel said that four other cases are set to be filed by his men while five have been endorsed or referred to other government agencies for proper disposition.

Another 37 cases are yet to be filed for several valid reasons which the PNP-CIDG did not disclose.

This week, the CIDG filed two more cases for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act against the chairman of Barangay Calinaoan Malasin in Sto. Tomas, Isabela and several other John Does and the chairman of Bgy. Punta in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte and four of his tanod.

The charges were filed before the Office of the Isabela Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Ilagan City and the Office of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Butuan City respectively.

Coronel said that investigation conducted by his men showed that the respondents included unqualified individuals like their relatives, close friends, and supporters in the list of SAP Beneficiaries in their areas.