THREE employees of Pasay City Hall are now in hot water over their alleged illegal operation that went viral on social media last week.
The three employees, identified as Roel Dimaculangan, 46, Michael Dela Cruz, 48, and Noel Surigao, all assigned at the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), were given by Mayor Emy Calixto-Rubiano 72 hours to explain their side on the alleged extortion activity.
The incident, according to Pasay City Public Information Office (PIO) head Jhun Burgos, happened last September 11 at the service road of Roxas Boulevard in front of San Juan De Dios Hospital.
The video showed that the three accosted a Korean national for spitting on the road which is a clear violation of the existing city ordinance.
However, instead of issuing a violation ticket, the three allegedly accepted the money given by the foreigner not knowing that someone was making a video recording of the incident.
On Friday afternoon, Dimaculangan and Dela Cruz went to the office of Mayor Emy to explain their side in front of the media.
Dimaculangan admitted receiving the money but insisted they did not ask for it and even tried to return it to the foreigner who immediately left on board his service vehicle on the way to the airport.
“Maganda naman ang pakiusap niya kaya pinagbigyan na namin pero bago umalis, bigla niyang inipit sa hawak kong tiket yung P500 at hindi ko na nahabol para isoli. Pinangkain na lamang namin ang pera,” Dimaculangan said.
Dela Cruz, on the other hand, said the Korean national asked for forgiveness and said he is set to leave the country on that day and even showed them his passport and plane ticket prompting them to allow him to leave.