- President Rodrigo Duterte decided to give a cash reward for those who can report local officials that stole money from the social amelioration program
- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that a P30,000 reward will be given for reporting of corrupt officials
- He added that the Duterte government has no tolerance for corruption amid the COVID-19 crisis
- Earlier, a barangay councilor allegedly took some money from the cash assistance supposedly distributed to beneficiaries
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President Rodrigo Duterte offered reward money for those who will report local officials stealing cash assistance from the government amid the COVID-19 crisis.
KAMI learned that the reward came after a barangay councilor in Hagonoy, Bulacan allegedly took some cash from the financial assistance.
In a report by GMA News Online (authored by Julia Mari Ornedo), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the government will not tolerate corruption, especially taking money supposedly given to poor families.
“Sa kagustuhan ng ating pangulo na matigil ang pangungurakot 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 magrereport ng local officials na kumakana o kinukurakot ang mga ayuda para sa mahihirap,” Roque said.
As reported by CNN Philippines, the President also asked the mayors of local government to look into local officials who commissioned from the cash supposedly distributed for residents.
“‘Yung mga mayors naman, kindly look into the people that you have commissioned to do the distribution sa pera. Kagaya nitong [Flores]… Nagkuha ka pa ng television,” Duterte said.
“Mahirap na nga, ikaw may trabaho ka na, kagawad ka… kukunin mo pa ‘yung pera ng mahirap,” he added.
Earlier, GMA News reported that Flores allegedly took P3,500 from the P6,500 cash assistance to each beneficiary in Barangay San Agustin. He said that he had an “internal agreement” with the recipients that some parts of the cash aid will be given to those not included in the social amelioration program.
However, the beneficiaries said that they were not told why they did not get the full amount of cash aid.
In a previous report by KAMI, President Duterte said he was humbled by the COVID-19 crisis. He also apologized to business tycoons Manny V. Pangilinan and the Ayala clan for his “hurtful words” against them in the past.
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