Lanao Sur village chief sells quarantine pass

POLICE on Sunday afternoon arrested a barangay captain in Marantao, Lanao del Sur accused of selling Home Quarantine Passes or HQPs being issued to local residents for P20 each, a Bangsamoro Administrative Region Police Regional Office report said yesterday.

BAR police director, Brigadier General Manuel M. Abu said Cassar Abinal, the chairman of Bgy. Mantapoli in Marantao municipality was arrested at 3:50 Sunday for his alleged involvement in the sale of HQPs to his constituents.

The suspect was arrested right inside the Bgy. Mantapoli hall by members of the Marantao Municipal Police Station following a text-complaint from a concerned citizen sent to the Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office Intelligence Branch.

Acting on the information, officers went to the site to conduct an investigation and later arrested the barangay captain after they saw a sign at the wall which asks P20 for each QCP issued by the barangay.

“It was a clear violation of Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año’s strict directive for the non-payment of the barangay pass,” said Abu.

The barangay captain is now being held at the Marantao police station facing criminal and administrative charges, the official said.