The National Bureau of Investigation filed charges for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Law before the City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday against an electrical inspector of the Office of the Building Official and two others after being caught in the of act of receiving grease money during an entrapment operation Wednesday at the Bacolod City Government Center.
NBI Investigator Syrus Aluzan said bribery charges were filed against Peter Plantillo who received marked money from one of the contractors, as well as job order casual John Navales and Gilbert Martinez, who were with him when the entrapment operation was conducted.
Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella has directed City Legal Officer Sarah Villamor to investigate the incident involving the two personnel of the OBO.
City Administrator Rolando Villamor said Puentevella also wants the CLO to also look into how a similar incident can be prevented from happening again.
The CLO has started the investigation and asked acting OBO head Isidro Sun Jr. for the identities of the suspects and why it led to their arrest, he said.
Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairman of the Sanggunian Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government, said an inquiry will be conducted on the matter next week to shed light on the complaint of two electrical contractors.
Antonio Jayme Jr., proprietor of C5 general Services and Nephere Jayme of Mahori Electrical Services wrote the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City seeking intervention regarding the alleged irregularities happening at the OBO.
Rolando Villamor said the family of the concerned suspects asked for his legal advice but they are still gathering facts and evidences on the case.
Plantillo has been with the city government for more than 20 years, while Navales is a job order casual and Martinez is reportedly following up his application with the OBO.
Villamor said the Mayor earlier met the OBO officials and personnel to inform them of the many complaints against their office and yet this happened.
The Mayor also called the attention of City Treasurer Anabelle Badajos regarding the issuance of official receipt from the CTO, he said and that she suggested that the OBO should first issue an order or payment to the client before the client pays directly to the City Treasurer's Office and return to the OBO to process their application.
Villamor said fixers exist not only in the OBO but in other government offices as well.
Sun said he was not around during the entrapment which was done outside of the OBO. He told Villamor that he has already started initiating reforms in the office policy to correct wrongdoings. But he is just new to the office and it is quite hard to completely implement changes, he said.
Villamor said that aside from the Office of the Building Official, they will also look into other departments that may have similar problems. They were copy furnished documents by some departments regarding some alleged irregularities, he said.*CGS