Corruption Charge Filed Against LTO Due to Motorcycle Plates Late Release
Senate plans to file graft and corruption charge against the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for the late release of some motorcycle plates.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will recommend filing a graft and corruption case against Land Transportation Office (LTO) officials involved in the delayed release of motorcycle plate numbers, according to the panel leader, Thursday.
LTO officials had previously received sermon to Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair Richard Gordon due to motorcycle plates that had not been distributed for nearly eight years. Gordon said in an interview with Teleradyo, he will definitely go for graft and corruption case.
Based on the report of ABS-CBN News, the LTO opened a public bidding for the supplier of motorcycle plates in 2013, but the Commission on Audit (COA) stopped it because it was allegedly illegal because there was no budget allocated for it at that time.
The Supreme Court later allowed the production of license plates to ensure the officials involved in the anomalous bidding are held accountable. However, he stressed that they still failed to release even though they have a production factory.
“Ang nangyayari naghahabol sila ng 2-3 taon na walang plaka
samantalang meron naman silang mga pabrika ng plaka sa LTO noong araw pa,” Gordon stressed.
“The amount of corruption we just neglect and cope with the little ones who have no fight,” he added.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee also plans to invite Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials to subsequent hearings to find out if motorcycle dealers are paying the right taxes.
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