23 village officials face raps for cash aid distribution anomalies: Palace

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 19 2020 02:30 PM

MANILA - Twenty-three village officials are facing criminal charges for supposed anomalies in the distribution of cash aid to the poor, Malacañang said Tuesday.

The anomalies include splitting of the money, getting a cut or "tara," and falsification of the list of beneficiaries, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a virtual press briefing.

Four more cases will be filed in the next few days while 110 are under case buildup of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Roque said.

At least 44 mayors have been asked to explain the slow distribution of cash aid, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya earlier told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

A P30,000 reward awaits citizens who report graft and corruption, he said.

The government allotted P200 billion for emergency subsidies of P5,000 to P8,000 for poor families for the months of April and May to help them during the coronavirus crisis.

A total of 18,046,093 families received financial assistance from the program, Roque said Monday.