LTO fixers often claim to provide a more convenient way of bypassing LTO processes. However, this time around, they approached the wrong person.
Wishing to get as many bookings as possible in time for the upcoming weekend of January 22, 4 suspected Land Transportation Office (LTO) fixers were nabbed by Marikina City police.
Of all the people to offer their services to, one of them turned out to be Marikina City’s mayor. The mayor didn't look kindly on this, getting them arrested and put in jail.
Marikina Mayor, Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro, is best known by Marikina residents for his low profile. Unlike other mayors, Teodoro goes the extra mile to keep a low profile. That means no multi-car convoys, or even bodyguards when doing his routine inspections throughout his city.
The incident happened when the mayor stopped by to check an ongoing dredging operation, which was near the LTO Marikina District Office. He was reportedly approached by the 4 suspects and was offered their services.
“May pumara sa akin at sinasabi sa akin na LTO registration (someone flagged me down and said LTO registration),” the mayor said during an interview with dzBB. After finding out they were LTO fixers, he immediately called the police that led to the arrest of 4 suspects.
The suspects were identified as Eduardo Distor, 54; Pablo Sermeches, 58; Reynaldo Distror, 59, and Jomar Atanante, 27. They were immediately brought to the police station, their other cohorts, however, were able to evade arrest.
Mayor Teodoro added that the four suspects will face charges against Republic Act 9495 or the Anti-Red Tape Act, while separate charges will also be filed against the four for violation of IATF minimum health and safety protocols as the four were allegedly not wearing face masks or face shields.