By Dhel Nazario
Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano lauded the arrest of two city hall employees for alleged extortion in an entrapment operation led by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday.
Cayetano commended PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica for the arrest of Emma Robianes and Edward Buncab of the Local Building Office.
The two were apprehended at the Taguig City Satellite Office at the SM Aura Office Tower in Bonifacio Global City by joint police operatives along with the PACC and the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA)
The suspects, according to police, allegedly tried to extort P10,000 from a complainant, Rodrigo Cueta, a building permit applicant.
“I have immediately ordered City Administrator Atty. Lyle Pasco to conduct an inquiry and coordinate with Commissioner Belgica’s office to file the necessary charges,” Mayor Cayetano said.
He lauded the anti-corruption body and expressed the city’s all-out support to make sure the full extent of the law is implemented and to continue working to make Taguig a model city for good governance.
“The City of Taguig has always been a benchmark for good governance. We will act swiftly as we do not tolerate any form of corruption in Taguig City,” the local chief executive added.
He denounced the suspects’ activities and also reiterated that corruption has no place in Taguig. He added that those who may be engaged in corrupt activities will surely face the full force of the law.
The mayor called on anyone who has complaints to inform the Office of the City Mayor or the Human Resource Management Office of anybody conducting these kinds of activities.
“Rest assured your city government will not tolerate any of these activities. They will be held accountable,” the mayor added.