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Barangay chairman, treasurer in Zoom scandal resign

A BARANGAY captain and barangay treasurer in Dasmariñas City in Cavite resigned after they were caught on video having sex while waiting for a Zoom meeting.

Dasmariñas City Association of Barangay Captains president Jorge Magno confirmed that Fatima Dos Barangay Captain Jesus Estil and the barangay treasurer has filed their resignation.

“Last week pa po ‘yung zoom meeting... ang ginawang action ni barangay chairman nagbitiw na po sa tungkulin. Pagkakaalam ko po (the barangay treasurer) nag-resign na rin po sa ikatatahimik po ng lahat. Humingi naman po si barangay chairman ng pasensya at pang-unawa,” Magno said.

Estil and the barangay treasurer were supposed to be attending a meeting via videoconferencing app Zoom to discuss the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) situation.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said they will conduct an investigation on the incident.

He said the act of the two barangay officials was against the code of conduct and ethical standards of public officials and employees.

“If all evidence point to the culpability of Kap Estil, he can be slapped with administrative cases and may even be removed from his position as barangay captain,” he said

“Public office is a public trust. Hindi kayo binoto ng mga kababayan ninyo para maging source ng iskandalo kundi para maglingkod,” he added.

DILG Undersecretary for barangay affairs Martin Diño said his office has yet to receive the resignation letters of the two officials.

“Check natin ‘yung kanyang pananalapi diyan bago siya mag-resign. May clearance yan. Titingnan natin kung ano ang nangyari diyan sa barangay niya. May mga tinitingnan pa tayo mga financial (matters) pagka-resign na siya. Kung meron siyang accountability,” he said.

“Lalo na ngayon medyo tinitingnan natin kasi nga ‘yung proseso ngayon na a mere certification ni kapitan puwedeng i-withdraw ni treasurer lahat ng pera ng barangay,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)


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