1 July 2022 – Combined elements of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested a fire safety inspector assigned at the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Quezon City for illegal fixing activities.

Investigation showed that the fixer overcharged a company seeking to obtain a Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) from the said BFP office.

The fixer was arrested at around 4 p.m. on Monday, 27 June 2022 along Biak-na-Bato Street corner Maria Clara Street in Quezon City, after receiving P5,000-entrapment money from a poseur buyer.

The suspect was placed under the custody of the CIDG-Quezon City District Field Unit for inquest proceedings and possible filing of cases for violation of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

The law states that fixers or those who collude with them will be slapped with one to six years of imprisonment and a fine of up to P2 million.

For the first offense, violators may face administrative liability with six months suspension.

However, if they are found to be colluding with fixers, they may be slapped with the penalties under the second or succeeding offenses, which include administrative liability and criminal liability of dismissal from the service, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and forfeiture of retirement benefits.

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