Two people suspected of upgrading the professional driver’s license were arrested by authorities in Quezon City on Friday, November 26, the Anti-Red Topic Authority (ARTA) reported on Sunday morning.
In a statement, ARTA said the suspect who was only identified as a certain “Vill” was arrested with her accomplice inside a private building along Magalang Street in Barangay Pinyahan by police officers. joint elements of ARTA and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The arrest was made right in front of the Authority’s newly installed ARTAmbayan outpost along Magalang Street after receiving the marked money from the undercover ARTA agent posing as a driver of the Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) Friday afternoon.
According to ARTA, the operation was carried out on the basis of a lot of advice they received and the surveillance they carried out.
The Authority said “Vill” demanded a total of P 4,500 from the undercover agent in exchange for quickly upgrading his driver’s license from non-professional to professional with a “safe pass” system on the move. the examination. The normal rate for such a service is usually only less than half of the aforementioned amount.
The agent, meanwhile, said he was told to contact a certain “Val” from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Quezon City Licensing Center to facilitate his transaction. “Val”, who serves as an assessor at that office, asked him to go to the examination site.
During the test, he claimed that the two supervisors, one of whom was holding a stick, appeared to modify his responses on the computer. As promised by the Fixers, his results came out as a “pass” despite not responding correctly to several items.
With that, ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica and the rest of the ARTA team trooped to ARTA Headquarters the same day to convey their findings to the Deputy Chief Secretary of the ARTA. ‘ARTA, Edgar Galvante.
The LTO staff allegedly involved, all of whom are under work order status, denied the charge. Galvante turned the matter over to ARTA for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the two arrested fixers are already in CIDG custody for investigative proceedings and could be charged with violating the Ease of Doing Business Act.
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