LGUs involved in sale of vaccine slots to be held liable: DILG

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año warned local government officials they would be held accountable by the law if they will be involved in the alleged sale of COVID-19 slots.

At the same time, Año assured that they are thoroughly investigating Kyle Bonifacio, who is allegedly involved in the sale of COVID-19 slots, to find more leads in such illegal activity.

“Ang importante mapigilan natin at warningan natin ang mga LGUs na may mga tao at empleyado na nag-iisip gawin ‘yan,” said Año.

“Dapat patas lahat, walang unahan, walang palakasan. Kapag may nahuli tayo on the act talagang i-prosecute natin yan,” he added.
“Ang biruan nga diyan, dapat daw ang mga taong gumagawa niyan, hindi bakuna ang ibigay, lethal injection,” the DILG chief said.

It will be recalled that Bonifacio first surrendered to Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos and his wife, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos after his name was implicated in corruption.

LGUs involved in sale of slots to be held liable: DILG

According to Bonifacio, he had nothing to do with the sale of slots and allegedly surfaced to clear his name.

He also clarified that his parents had nothing to do with the incident.

He added that he was ready to tell everything to the authorities.

“Gusto ko lang sabihin na ‘di talaga ako nagbenta. Ang resibo na ‘yun ay kusang bigay sa akin ng taong ‘yun,” the suspect said.

“Confident ako na wala akong kasalanan dito. Lumutang ako sa publiko para matapos na ang isyung ito,” he added.

He also allegedly has no connection with the local government.

“Ang demeanor ng magulang kanina, both of them are shocked. They haven’t seen their child for the last 3 years. Sabi mismo ng tatay at nanay kaharap ako, ‘Anak, magsabi ka ng totoo. If you want to help yourself. Huwag kang magsisinungaling. Lahat sabihin mo sa kanila. Nakakahiya na dinungisan mo pangalan natin, ang lungsod, kailangan harapin mo lahat ito,’” said MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos.

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