LTO warns fixers: “Your time in prison will come”

The agency just caught fixers offering ‘non-appearance’ registration services
by Leandre Grecia | Jul 11, 2022
PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

If you have any transactions with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), conduct them the right way. We know there are still a lot of fixers out there that can make life easier for you for an added price, but those seemingly harmless deals are downright illegal.

Besides, LTO clients transacting with these fixers “may also be equally liable under the law,” stressed LTO officer-in-charge and current executive director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz. This was one of his reminders during the LTO’s recent operations where the agency caught a team of online fixers in Quezon City.

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Together with former Department of Transportation director for Investigation Service Renante Melitante and the Quezon City–Diliman Anti-Cybercrime Team (QCDACT) headed by PLT Michael Bernardo, the LTO was able to arrest two individuals offering ‘non-appearance’ renewals for motor vehicle registrations.

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The two suspects transacted with their clients through Messenger and accepted online payments. The completed registration documents were then delivered via actual meetups. The supposed meetup was where the authorities were able to apprehend the primary suspect, who then identified his cohort that processed the documents at the LTO Novaliches District Office in Quezon City.

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The LTO is advising motorists to transact with the agency directly for their own protection. “The LTO will relentlessly operate against these spurious individuals in our effort to clean up the bureaucracy to protect our clients,” added Vera Cruz.

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