‘Don't deal with fixers' – Amurao
A councilor of Puerto Princesa City warned transport owners against dealing with “fixers” in processing their franchises with the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Councilor Rolando Amurao made the warning after several transport van owners complained to him that they were victimized to pay P70,000 to P100,000 each by unscrupulous individuals to hasten the release of their applications for a franchise.
However, the transport owners later discovered that their applications were not processed nor found in the records of the LTFRB.
“Sila ay naging willing victim. Mga kilala nila ‘yan na hindi taga-LTFRB pero alam nila itong
mga taong ito ay may connection sa loob kasi may mga na-release [na franchise] kaya nagbigay din sila. Eh, ang franchise wala ngang P1,000 ang babayaran,” he pointed out.
The LTFRB told the City Council that the signatures on the papers were not from their personnel.
“Nakita rin ng LTFRB yung mga documents, at ito ay hindi nila ina-acknowledge at wala ring tatak. Hindi rin official yung receipt na natanggap ng mga applicants. Ang sabi ng LTFRB na-scam [sila] dito,” Amurao said.
He said the applicants can file charges against the fixers who victimized them.
“It depends doon sa na-scam kung mag-file sila ng kaso. Kahit man ma-issuehan sila ng LTFRB ng franchise ay hindi hindrance yun para ipagpatuloy na mag file sila ng kaso,” Amurao said.