2 June 2022 – Three fixers of driver’s license were nabbed in the back-to-back joint operations of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Tuesday morning.
The operatives began entrapment at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Kawit, Cavite with no less than the official of the ARTA Southern Luzon Regional Field Office (RFO) posing as a client. This resulted to the arrest of two fixers.
Initial report said the suspects received P6,000-marked money from the poseur client to facilitate the upgrading of his driver’s license from non-professional to professional.
“Sa pagbubukas ng ating regional field offices sa iba’t ibang rehiyon, asahan ninyo na mas matutukan natin ang mga operasyon sa mga probinsya. Kaya diyan sa mga fixers na ang akala ay hindi kayo mabibisto, tigilan niyo na ‘yan dahil hindi na kayo uubra,” ARTA Secretary Jeremiah Belgica said.
A few hours apart, a separate entrapment team of ARTA and CIDG also conducted an operation in LTO Pasig that accosted an inspector’s aide, who was offering fixing services in the student permit application for a fee of P7,500.
The operations came two weeks after ARTA Sec. Belgica recommended to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) stricter regulation and implementation of one-strike policy against driving schools and private companies involved in fixing activities as previous entrapments revealed collusion among LTO employees, driving schools, emission center, and medical clinics.
The three suspects are now under the custody of the CIDG and will face charges for violating Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.
Sec. Belgica has previously appealed to the people not to patronize fixers.
“Magrereklamo ka na ang daming naglipanang fixer, patol ka naman ng patol sa fixer. Hindi kayo nagiging parte ng solusyon, nagiging parte pa kayo ng problema,” he reiterated.
The ARTA chief urged individuals to take advantage of the government’s improved processes rather than rely on fixers.
“Subukan natin ang proseso ng gobyerno. Mababalewala ho ang lahat ng ating mga inisyatiba sa pagsasaayos ng ating mga proseso kung hindi naman natin gagamitin,” the ARTA chief said.