Editorial: More than warning-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
IF THERE is enough basis for the filing of administrative and criminal cases, there should be no reason why the regular employee of the Office of the Building Official of the Bacolod City government must be spared from the ax of prosecution.
That the National Bureau of Investigation had red-handedly caught the OBO employees, with two others, in the entrapment operation NBI operatives conducted to zero in on the suspects should be made as a starting point to put the culprits behind bars, if that is warranted, and in order to get into the bottom of this all.
Who know this is just a tip of the iceberg of the often perceived widespread corruption in government, locally speaking.
There may indeed be other departments engaged in what is tagged as “under the table” transactions, or asking for “grease money” for them to consummate certain government dealings which could have readily been done by reason of their public office.
While, indeed, public office is a public trust, there are some workers and officials in government who simply breach this trust in order to gain a meager amount of money.
It is a great wonder why there are still government employees who would gamble their post and security of tenure just to rake in “petty” gains.
While Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella was correct that the OBO incident should serve as a stern warning to some Government Center employees who may follow suit, what is needed is more than a mere warning.
What is imperative is prosecution, to the letter.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 06, 2013.