Building official cries ‘frame-up’-A A +A
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
SUSPENDED inspector Peter Plantillo of the Office of the Building Official (OBO) said he was framed up in an entrapment operation conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation-Bacolod for receiving an alleged "grease money" of P1,600 with two others.
He appeared before the public hearing conducted by the City Council committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government chaired by Councilor Caesar Distrito on Monday.
Plantillo insisted he was framed up and was never involved in any extortion activities. He presented the result of NBI’s ultra violet light examination showing negative presence of yellow fluorescent powder.
Plantillo said he was never guilty of any of the chargesagainst him and the entrapment set by complainant Antonio Jayme, an alleged electrical contractor, was a frame-up.
Plantillo narrated that he was just two weeks old in his assignment at OBO when Jayme approached him and asked for favor on certain permits he is processing at the office.
He said he does not know anything about the transaction of Jayme and before the said entrapment, the complainant called his attention and inquired on the status of the permits he is processing.
Plantillo said he answered Jayme that the permits he is asking will be transmitted to Cenecoand the complainant wave at him outside the office.
“I did not mind him and continued with my work. When I went to the comfort room he (Jayme) followed me and gave me a folder and said, isipa Pet (count it Pet),”Plantillo said.
He added that after he rejected the offer of Jayme, the complainant presented the things he is carrying with another casual employee, who does not have any knowledge about his transactions.
After the said casual worker rejected the offer and parried the folder he is carrying, which fell to the floor, persons who introduced themselves as NBI agents nabbed them, said Plantillo.
"I can prove to them that I did not receive anything because I have evidence that I was negative with the test conducted by the NBI," he said.
Plantillo explained he had submitted his explanation to the City Legal Office on his alleged involvement in the extortion activities inside OBO.
He insisted that somebody influential is behind the current mess and controversy inside the OBO.
Plantillo said he was declared guilty by publicity and his family was traumatized by it, especially his children.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 24, 2013.