Over the past weeks, we've been covering the growing number of fixers of vehicle documents (OR/CR). These fixers and possibly some misguided employees within the agency claim to make the process easier for a nominal fee.
Yesterday, a combined force from the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-NCR (CIDG-NCR) arrested a fixer who offered his illegal services at the Land Transportation Office Headquarters in Quezon City.
According to ARTA’s official statement, the suspect was already under their surveillance after their office received numerous complaints about fixers who were offering their services to the public for any kind of LTO transaction. He offered various services, including getting a license without the need to undergo certain prerequisites or examinations.
Upon confirmation, ARTA undersecretary, BGen. Carlos Quita, Ret., Deputy Director-General for Administration and Finance, volunteered to renew his license to lead the fixers in an entrapment operation.
The retired general even noted that they just breezed through the medical examination. What’s worse, added ARTA, was this happened at the LTO headquarters where such services could have been monitored and stopped by its staff.
“Quita posed as a broker when he went to the LTO to get his license renewed. Albor then offered his services. The deputy director-general said they breezed through the medical examination. Even more surprising, his overpriced license was made inside the LTO Headquarters,” said ARTA.
The arrested fixer will be charged for violation of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. He is now under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). Both ARTA and the LTO have appealed to the public never to trust and deal with fixers. The LTO will be conducting its own investigation on the incident.
Source: Anti-Red Tape Authority