THREE Pasig City hall employees faced criminal charges over alleged violations , Mayor Vico Sotto said Monday.
Sotto did not named the employees involved.
According to Sotto, the two erring employees manufactured ghost beneficiaries of the city’s scholarship program and allegedly stole around P1 million from such scheme.
“Merong dalawa na gumawa ng mga ghost beneficiaries sa ating scholarship program at nahuli natin sila na may 100 ghost beneficiaries or ghost scholars , ” Sotto said on Facebook live.
“Sa bawat ghost scholar na ginawa nila, may isang scholar na hindi nakapag-aral. May isang scholar na deserving na hindi nakakuha ng scholarship, kaya criminal case po talaga ‘yan ,” he added.
The third employee, he said was caught in the act of extorting money from someone applying for a government permit.
“‘Yung pangatlong empleyado, caught in the act, tumanggap ng pera para mag process ng permit, para e-expedite ang permit,” Sotto said.
“Extortion actually ang nangyari. Hindi lang sa inalok siya nung client, hiningan niya talaga at dine-delay ‘yung paglabas ng permit,” he added.
The extortion activity was captured on video. Sotto added that there are people willing to testify against the government worker.
Sotto said that among the reasons why he ran for the local chief executive position of Pasig is to clean up corruption in the local government.
“Mahirap gawin. Marami akong nakaka-away pero okay lang basta alam ko na tama lang ang ginagawa natin. Dahil sa bawat piso na nanakaw mula sa pamahalaan, piso po ‘yan na hindi napupunta sa dapat puntahan ,” Sotto added.
He warned that the day of reckoning will come. “Hindi naman panghabang-buhay makakalusot tayo sa ginagawa nating hindi tama.”