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Pasig employee held for P600,000 extortion

Romina Cabrera - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — A Pasig City hall employee was arrested on Friday for allegedly extorting P600,000 from a trader to facilitate building permits.

Officials did not identify the 47-year-old suspect, who works at the city business permit and licensing department.

The employee was caught in a sting at a fastfood restaurant in Barangay Malinao at around 3:40 p.m.

Police said that the complainant was applying for a permit at the Office of the Building Official when the suspect introduced himself as an employee.

He reportedly asked for P600,000 to facilitate the application and processing of building, occupancy, electrical installation and other permits.

The complainant sought the assistance of police after the suspect continuously sent text messages that he needed the money to get the permits.

Police recovered P500,000 marked money and a cell phone from the suspect, who faces charges of robbery-extortion and violating laws against red tape, graft and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said the city government will continue to push for good governance.

“In the last three years, we have started to de-normalize corruption and institutionalize good governance in our local government. A tiring and mostly thankless job, but we guarantee that in the next three years, we will push even harder and do even better,” he said.

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