18 May 2022 – A releasing officer assigned at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Novaliches, Quezon City was arrested in a joint operation by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for fixing activities on Tuesday.

According to a report, the releasing officer was found to be offering her illegal fixing services to applicants of student permits.

The fixer was arrested after receiving the P4,000-marked money from an ARTA agent during the entrapment at 4:10 p.m.

Secretary Jeremiah B. Belgica, ARTA Director General, said the recent arrest proves that ARTA is not slowing down its operations and is pressing forward to what is ahead with only a few weeks left into the Duterte administration.

“Again, we would like to thank President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his vision and strong political will to eradicate red tape through empowerment and enforcement,” he said.

“We would like to call on the incoming administration to continue the enforcement efforts of the Duterte administration, through ARTA, against fixers who take advantage of our countrymen for their personal benefit,” he added.

Two offices are at the forefront of ARTA’s entrapment operations, namely the Special Projects Management Office (SPMO) under the Office of the Deputy Director General for Administration, Finance, and Special Programs headed by Undersecretary Carlos F. Quita and the Office of the Deputy Director General for Legal led by Undersecretary Eduardo V. Bringas.

The suspect is now under custody of the CIDG at the Quezon City District Field Unit for arrest and booking procedures for violation of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

Earlier, the LTO has expressed its support for ARTA’s entrapment operations. Over 50 fixers have also been apprehended outside LTO offices in Metro Manila through the agency’s initiative.