Local Officials Are Banned From Putting Their Names on Government Relief Goods, Says DILG

In an interview with ABS-CBN Teleradyo, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing gave a warning against local officials who take advantage of government COVID-19 aid and use it to promote their political ambitions, especially with the 2022 elections ahead. Densing is pertaining to the practice of local officials putting their names or photos on government aid or ayuda.

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He said in the interview, “Di natin maiiwasan iyan. Talagang magagamit iyan sa election. Given po iyan. Magagamit po sa election, di na po namin iyan makocontrol sa baba, ang importante dumating ito sa tao.”

That said, he is calling out to the public to report such incidents to the office of the DILG, pointing out that they have the support of the Office of the Ombudsman. “Just the same, i-report pa rin nila sa amin kasi meron na kaming decision mula sa Ombudsman na ang umepal na mayor ay nasuspinde,” Densing said.

Need to report a politician-branded government ayuda? You can contact the DILG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dilg.philippines or through the numbers 0927-422-6300 and 0961-384-9272.

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