Las Piñas barangay chief issued with NBI summons denies withholding relief supplies to residents

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2020 06:05 AM

A village chief in Las Piñas City who was called on by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to explain alleged violations of the "Bayanihan To Heal As One Act" has denied accusations against him regarding the distribution of food to his constituents. 

Emiliano "Miling" Ramos, chairman of Barangay Talon Uno, confirmed to ABS-CBN News that he had received a letter from the NBI through representatives who visited him at the barangay hall on Wednesday afternoon. 

The letter, with a similar one also sent to Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto that day, called them to the NBI in line with its anti-graft division's probe on officials allegedly disobeying national guidelines under the enhanced community quarantine. 

They were asked to explain their side and present supporting evidence regarding their implementation of the lockdown. 

Ramos said he was told the allegations against him were for failing to deliver relief food packs to some barangay residents. 

People in Talon Uno's Golden Acres subdivision had earlier complained to media they had not been receiving help for weeks. 

Ramos said they had just distributed the packs from the Las Piñas government to the area with city Hall employees that Wednesday. 

The packs containing rice and canned goods were placed on chairs put out by the residents outside their homes to avoid contact. 

However, he said this relief stop had already been scheduled before the summons. 

The village chief pleaded for patience from his constituents since the supplies were taking time to be distributed among Las Piñas City's 20 barangays. 

He assured residents all would be given food packs. 

"Natural naman magalit ang tao dahil nangangailangan sila, pero hindi totoo yung sinasabing wala kaming binibigay," he said. 

He added Talon Uno's own funds were already used up to provide first for the community's elderly and persons with disability. 

Around 13,000 residents out of the village's 35,000 have received food aid. 

Aside from documents, Ramos said he gave photos of their implementation of social distancing measures to the NBI representatives. 

He said they were satisfied with his explanation and no longer asked him to show up at the NBI office. 

Section 6 of the "Bayanihan To Heal As One Act" or R.A. 11469 imposes a 2-month imprisonment or a fine of up to P1 million on violators.