A fixer who offered illegal services to an Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) official at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Headquarters in Quezon City was arrested on June 15.
The ARTA conducted surveillance operations outside LTO’s gate which was said to be a hotspot for fixers. And from this, suspect Randy Albor was arrested outside LTO’s gate in an entrapment operation.
Undersecretary Bgen. Carlos Quita, Ret., Deputy Director General for Administration and Finance, led the entrapment operation by pretending to renew his license. He posed as a broker when Albor offered his services. Quita shared how they breezed through the medical examination. To his surprise, the overpriced license he received was made inside LTO.
LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante discourages the public from patronizing fixers. According to him, having a fake driver’s license does not have any benefits.
ARTA Director General Secretary Jeremiah Belgica reminds the public to use the Citizen’s Charter posted at various government agencies as a guide for transactions. He goes on to remind them of the 3-7-20 rule: Three days processing time for simple transactions, seven days for complex transactions, and 20 days for highly technical transactions.
Albor will be charged for violation of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.
LTO and ARTA will each conduct further investigations on the incident.