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Panggulo ng Pilipinas! Barangay captain blasts Alan Cayetano for spreading fake news on cash aid

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A barangay captain has accused House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano of confusing the public by claiming all families will receive financial assistance from the government during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis when the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) set a cap on the number of beneficiaries.

In a Facebook live video, Talisay, Batangas barangay captain Abdul Aziz Natanauan told Cayetano to clarify his statements on the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) because barangay captains are at the receiving end of people’s ire.

“Nahihirapan po akong magpaliwanag sa mga tao. ‘Yung sinasabi mong lahat ng pamilya ay bibigyan ay hindi naman totoo. ‘Yung sinasabi mo ang laging sinasabi ng mga tao. Ang pakiusap ko lang ay hindi ka naman yata nakakatulong sa mamamayan natin ay huwag ka nang magpadagdag ng problema at ‘wag ka nang magpagulo,” he said.

Natanauan said DSWD only gave his barangay 821 SAP forms for the cash aid when 2,500 families are living in the community.

“Salain daw namin ang mahirap pa sa mahirap. Tapos sila ang mamimigay ng pera at sasalain pa uli nila. At talagang kung hindi validated na mahirap kukuwestiyonin pa nila kami kung bakit napasama. Baka pwedeng tulungan mo kaming magpaliwanag sa mga tao at laging ang pinanghahawakan nila ay ‘yung sinabi mo,” the barangay chief told the Speaker.

Natanauan said his constituents have been showing a video of Cayetano guaranteeing assistance to all families as proof they’re also eligible for the cash aid.

Cayetano had said that some 18 million families stand to benefit from the cash aid to be given by the government during the COVID-19 crisis, with the amount ranging from P5,000 to P8,000.

“Bago ka magsalita antayin mo muna ‘yung memo na nadating, hindi ka na nakakatulong, nakakapagpagulo ka pa. ‘Yung mga tao nagrereklamo sa akin bakit daw hindi lahat,” Natanauan said.

DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao has clarified that only poor families identified by the local government will receive cash aid based on information they will indicate in the Social Amelioration Card form.

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