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Witness implicates city councilor in anomaly

MADAME WITNESS The ‘whistle-blower’ (inset) answers questions from members of
Task Force LAG, a body formed to investigate the anomalous transaction in the payout of Livelihood Assistance
Grants by the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office in Pandi, Bulacan. The initial hearing was
held on Wednesday at Casa Rosalina Resort and Events Place in Barangay Poblacion in Pandi, Bulacan.
PHOTO BY FREDERICK SILVERIO

MADAME WITNESS The ‘whistle-blower’ (inset) solutions questions from members of
Task Force LAG, a physique fashioned to research the anomalous transaction within the payout of Livelihood Assistance
Grants by the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional workplace in Pandi, Bulacan. The preliminary listening to was
held on Wednesday at Casa Rosalina Resort and Events Place in Barangay Poblacion in Pandi, Bulacan.
PHOTO BY FREDERICK SILVERIO

THE Local Task Force LAG (livelihood help grant) is about to summon a city councilor to make clear the alleged anomaly within the distribution of the LAG by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional workplace to greater than 3,500 beneficiaries in Pandi, Bulacan.

On Saturday, Pandi Mayor Enrico Roque mentioned Municipal Councilor Cris Castro was implicated by a whistleblower, recognized solely as “Madame Witness” within the anomaly.

It may be recalled that the feminine witness appeared through the second listening to of Task Force LAG, held at Casa Rosalina Resort and Events Place in Barangay Poblacion on Wednesday, September 29, when she talked about Castro a number of occasions.

Madame Witness claimed that the councilor paid and instructed the complainants to file circumstances in opposition to Nick Cabias of the Magic 7 Cooperative in reference to the livelihood help grant payout below the DSWD-LAG program.

The complainants claimed that P5,000 was forcibly deducted from the P15,000 livelihood monetary help, allotted to the greater than 3,500 beneficiaries in Pandi.

The witness claimed she was among the many 15 people that have been paid to file complaints and attest that there was an anomaly within the distribution of the LAG by the DSWD Regional Office 3, the company assigned to distribute the payout.

The allegation can be being investigated by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, which has additionally fashioned its personal Task Force LAG, headed by Commissioner Greco Belgica.

The mayor assured that the councilor can be given the possibility to clarify and clear his identify through the subsequent listening to however may also face applicable expenses if the allegations have been confirmed true.

The Manila Times tried to achieve out to Castro on Thursday and Saturday, however the councilor didn’t reply.

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