2 Female Fixers of LTO in Parañaque City Office Arrested by Authorities
Authorities arrested two (2) alleged female fixers of Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Parañaque city after modus operandi was discovered.
The two female suspects were apprehended by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). This came when their method of working as fixers on autos destined for the LTO was revealed.
The two fixers were from the same emission testing center in Paranaque City, one as a cashier and the other as a data encoder. “Tedious surveillance work surveillance work” by undercover officers revealed that the fixers used a social media program to offer their unlawful services to motorists, according to ARTA.
According to the report, the operation was carried out by officers from the ARTA and the CIDG at an emission testing center where the two suspects allegedly worked. According to the authority, the two offer vehicle registration at the emission testing site, where all that is required is money and papers before the registration can be processed.
One of the authorities posed to be a client in order to catch the accused in the act. The pretending officer allegedly charged P1,830 for the registration process. The two were arrested when the registration was given to the client.
205 car registration papers, 46 valid receipts from the LTO, and 15 insurance papers were also seized from the emission testing center, according to the report. Meanwhile, ARTA Director-General Jeremiah Belgica has launched a probe into the emission testing lab to see whether there is any additional red tape.
Also, ARTA will summon some LTO Parañaque officials to explain the illicit practices that have been detected. He also cautioned private organizations, such as testing centers, not to abuse the power they have been given because it might be revoked at any time.
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