The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is warning online fixers about the illegalities of their scheme, following the arrest of multiple perpetrators whose services include the non-appearance renewal of motor vehicle registrations as conducted via social media.
Per LTO Officer-in-charge Romeo Vera Cruz, via a statement on Friday, the government agency will display no mercy in operating against the “spurious individuals” in a bid to “clean up the bureaucracy to protect its clients.”
Meanwhile, Vera Cruz is also setting a warning against patrons for they may be held equally accountable if caught, as dictated by the law.
In a collaborative effort between the LTO and the Quezon City District – Anti-Cybercrime Team (QCD–ACT), Arnel Miranda, 55, and Jefferson Uy, 38, were arrested after having been discovered offering said service.
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Pretending to be a customer, a member of the joint task force reached out to Uy via Facebook Messenger. But Uy was only apprehended after the transaction pushed through, where an “original receipt” was provided.
Uy would then point out to Miranda as the person behind the processing of the transaction at the LTO Novaliches District Office in Quezon City, leading also to his arrest.
Currently, under confinement by the QCT-ACT, both Uy and Miranda will go through inquest proceedings for the violations of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act and Revised Penal Code on Estafa or Swindling of 2018.