DILG urges OMB to discipline Metro barangay officials

Published June 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Chito A. Chavez

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday strongly urged the Office of the Ombudsman to impose disciplinary sanctions against the 20 Metro Manila barangay officials for defying the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocols.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año  (PCOO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“We want to send a message sa mga pasaway na barangay official (stubborn barangay officials) that the DILG will not tolerate any violation of ECQ protocols. As government officials, we should take the lead in following the law and not in breaking it,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

Año vowed to spare no one as the DILG will continue to accept the complaints and pursue charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against the rogue barangay officials.

In a letter to Ombudsman Samuel Martires dated 16 June 2020, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said “that the 20 barangay officials were initially sent show cause orders, pursuant to Administrative Order No. 267 delegating the supervisory powers of the President to the DILG, to seek for their response to the allegations hurled against them’’.

Finding their response insufficient, Diño said they found enough evidence and ground to warrant their endorsement to the Office of the Ombudsman pursuant to Section 21 and 26 of RA 6770.

He added that the complaints against them have piled up despite their responses to their show-cause orders that prompted the DILG to elevate the charges to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Of the 20 punong barangays, Diño said five were from Caloocan City; another five from Quezon City; two from Parañaque City; one each from Mandaluyong City, Las Piñas, Manila, Makati City, Pasay City, Taguig City, Marikina City and Muntinlupa City.

He added that their offenses involve violations in the implementation of physical distancing in engagements with the citizens of barangays, illegal cockfighting, gambling, poor enforcement of lockdown protocols as children were seen playing in the streets, negligence and gross neglect of duty, among others.

Diño also noted that complaints of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) related irregularities have been endorsed to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for case-build and filing of criminal cases.

The DILG official noted that the various complaints were lodged with the DILG Emergency Operation Center, Hotline 8888, through e-mail (electronic-mail) and text messages.

He noted that his teams “went to the ground to validate and confirm the complaints to ensure that cases to be filed have merit’’.