Barangay official who allegedly asked for share in coronavirus aid arrested in Olongapo

Randy V. Datu
Barangay official who allegedly asked for share in coronavirus aid arrested in Olongapo
(UPDATED) Three pieces of marked P1,000 bills are recovered in an entrapment operation carried out inside the barangay hall

ZAMBALES, Philippines (UPDATED) – A barangay official in Olongapo City was arrested on Tuesday, May 12, over an allegation that he asked a resident to pay P3,000 to qualify for the government’s coronavirus emergency subsidy program.  

He faced charges of violating the anti-graft law and the code of conduct for public officials. 

An entrapment operation was carried out inside the barangay hall by combined elements of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the 301st Maritime Police Station (MARPSTA) following a complaint filed by a resident.

Three pieces of marked P1,000 bills were recovered from the suspect. 

He was brought to CIDG-Olongapo headquarters for proper documentation and filing of criminal and administrative charges.

The police said the barangay chairman will also face charges. – Rappler.com

(Editors note: An earlier version of this report identified the arrested official as the barangay chairman. We regret the error.)