Prosecutor junks raps vs 2 village chiefs, 29 others

THE Office of the City Prosecutor in Bacolod City has dismissed the charges filed against two village chiefs and 29 others on the alleged irregularities during the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) financial aid amid the Covid-19 crisis.

The complaint filed against Barangay Mansilingan Chairman Rodolfo Pico, Barangay Alangilan Chairman Degie Tanista Sr. and 29 others were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.

The decisions dated August 3 and July 28, 2020, were signed by Assistant City Prosecutors Elnathan Lim and Melanie Ortega and were approved by Ma. Theresa Ditching, City Prosecutor.

The respondents were charged for allegedly violating of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Other respondents include Barangay Mansilingan Secretary Edward Menesis, purok presidents Julius Villaflor and Victorious Christally Valenzuela, purok kagawads Gina Gilbor, Amelita Mondejar, Gregorio Beniten, Lourdes Palma and Anabelle Javier, and Mercedes Rory Capunong. Barangay Alangilan councilman Michael Solano, secretary Lema Magan, five barangay staff, and 13 surveyors.

They were charged by four residents of Barangay Mansilingan and a resident of Barangay Alangilan with the assistance of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

The decision stated that after a careful examination of the affidavit of the complainants and other documents attached to the records of the complaint, the undersigned investigating prosecutor has constrained to dismiss the instant complaint for insufficiency of evidence.

Although complainants have filed a complaint before the CIDG, there is no record nor investigation report/finding conducted by CIDG as to the eligibility or ineligibility of respondents neither the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“We do not agree with the complainants and we find no irregularity in the procedure of the respondents as explained in their counter-affidavit,” the Investigating Prosecutor said.

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