DILG asked to investigate "fake" drug reports by barangays

() - February 2, 2009 - 12:00am

CEBU – The Dangerous Drugs Board claimed some barangay officials allegedly falsified some of the components of their Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council reports whose quarterly submission is required by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

In a letter addressed to DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno, DDB Undersecretary Paul Clarence Oaminal complained barangay officials alleged compliance of the DILG Memorandum Circular 2004-7 is “only on paper.”

Oaminal said some reports that reached their office said that some barangay officials heading the anti-drug council include in their reports that they have conducted seminars or meetings when they never really did.

He added that BADAC reports are crafted only for the sake of having something to submit to the DILG without giving value to the truth.

To prevent and deter malicious acts of the BADAC, Oaminal requested the DILG to change its policy and impose that BADAC reports must be made under oath to strengthen its impact and value to the authorities.

Once it is made under oath, he added that BADAC officials can be held criminally liable under certain provisions of the Revised Penal Code if found out that they just concoct their report. Under article 171 of the Revised Penal Code, it is stated that falsification done by a public officer, employee or notary shall have a penalty of prison mayor and a fine not to exceed P5,000.

Falsifying of documents is described as counterfeiting or imitating any handwriting, signature or rubric and causing it to appear that persons have participated in any act or proceeding when they did not in fact so participate.

It is also falsification when somebody attributes to persons who have participated in an act or proceedings, statements other than those in fact made by them. It is forbidden to make untruthful statements in a narration of facts and to alter true dates.

Issuing an authenticated form of a document purporting to be a copy of an original document when no such original exists is also a violation of the law. — Jessica Ann R. Pareja/WAB (THE FREEMAN)

BADAC DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DRUG ABUSE COUNCIL DRUGS BOARD JESSICA ANN R MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR OAMINAL REPORTS REVISED PENAL CODE SECRETARY RONALDO PUNO UNDERSECRETARY PAUL CLARENCE OAMINAL
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