An alleged entrapment operation of a fireman in San Lazaro, Manila was reported, alleging SFO2 Carlos Francisco of San Lazaro, Manila, was caught extorting money from a building owner in exchange for a Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) required of building owners.
BFP Officer-in-Charge Chief Superintendent Carlito Romero affirmed that if a member of the BFP is suspected or accused of misconduct, proper procedure shall be followed. Neither guilt nor innocence shall be assumed, but proper investigation shall be conducted. The BFP is cooperating and coordinating with the National Bureau of Investigation in the ongoing investigation the NBI is doing. The public is assured that the requirements of due process will be observed, and that the subject officer shall get a fair trial.
If investigation bears out that a fire inspector is proven of misconduct, such as extorting money from business owners in exchange for Fire Safety Certificates, that BFP employee shall receive appropriate administrative and disciplinary action as befits his case.
As always, firefighters shall continue to save life and property, even going beyond the call of duty, risking their lives and health. Their dedication in the performance of duty is ensured.