By Genalyn Kabiling
Any person with information about a local government official stealing the financial aid for poor beneficiaries will receive a P30,000 reward from President Duterte.
The President has offered the latest incentive to stamp out corruption after denouncing a barangay official in Bulacan for his alleged irregular distribution of relief aid to affected families.
“Sa kagustuhan ng ating Pangulo na matigil ang pangungurakot pagdating sa SAP (social amelioration program) at iba pang ayuda ng pamahalaan, na ginawa ni kagawad Danilo Flores ng Hagonoy Bulacan, siya po ay magbibigay pabuya ng P30,000 sa lahat ng magre-report ng local officials na kumakana o kinukurakot ang mga ayuda para sa mahihirap,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said after the President’s public address late Monday night.
(With the President’s desire to stop corruption in SAP and other government assistance programs, similar to the action done by barangay official Danilo Flores of Hagonoy, Bulacan, he will give a reward of P30,000 to anyone who reports local officials stealing or manipulating financial aid for the poor.)
Roque urged the public to report any corruption complaint related to the relief distribution to government hotline 8888. He said they should leave their name and contact number when filing the complaint.
“Kapag napatunayan ang inyong reklamo sa korapsyon laban sa lokal na opisyales na kinukurakot ‘yung mga ayuda na pinamimigay ng gobyerno, P30,000 ang pabuya na ibibigay ng Presidente sa inyo,” he said.
(If your corruption complaint is proven against a local official stealing aid given by the government, the President will give a P30,000 reward.)
“Alinsunod po ito sa zero tolerance ng ating Presidente laban sa korapsyon, lalo na sa mga kumakana at kumukurakot ng ayuda para sa mahihirap.” (This is in line with the President’s zero tolerance against corruption, especially against those stealing the assistance intended for the poor.)
In his remarks Monday night, the President appealed to mayors to screen the people assigned to distribute the emergency subsidies to poor families.
Duterte mentioned the case of the Bulacan barangay official who has been accused of duping aid beneficiaries of their rightful share of the financial aid.
He unleashed a profanity-laced rebuke of the village official who was caught on video allegedly telling people that they will get half of the financial aid since the other half will supposedly be given to the town mayor.
“Mahirap na nga. May trabaho ka na, kagawad ka. P*** i*** kukunin mo pa pera ng mahihirap (It’s hard enough. You have a job, you’re a councilor. *expletive* and you have to take the money of the poor.)
“I would like to presume you were elected because constituents find you to be a man of integrity, honesty, and that you can perform,” he said.
To ensure that financial aid will not be wasted, Duterte also directed authorities to distribute the subsidies to the woman of the household. He expressed his concern that the money might only be wasted on gambling and drinking by the men.
The government has launched a P200-billion emergency subsidy program for 18 million poor families to mitigate the impact of the quarantine restrictions. The distribution of the aid has been delayed due to alleged politicizing and inaccurate lists of qualified beneficiaries.
Recently, the government announced plans to add five million households to the list of beneficiaries.