Crackdown of fixers by Task Force Anti-Fixers in full swing

12 November 2009

Six suspected fixers were arrested in entrapment operations conducted by the Task Force Anti-Fixers in East Avenue, Quezon City, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) reported.

The Task Force Anti-Fixers was organized by the CSC, Department of Justice, Presidential Anti-Graft Commission, Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation in a Memorandum of Agreement last May 29, 2009. The creation of the Task Force was pursuant to Republic Act No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007 to underscore the government's firm resolve in fighting fixing activities particularly in frontline services.

Gerry Valdez y Cruz alias Jojo, Ronaldo Sabulao y Lopez alias Boy, also known as “one man one stop shop” Carlo Parnazo y Colendres alias Loy, Mark Estrella y San Miguel alias Mark and Romeo Deocampo y Nengo alias Romy were apprehended at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) offices at 4 p.m. on September 17.

Stolen motorcycle plates, LTO yellow and green plates, blank LTO aluminum plate, fake LTFRB documents including Franchise Decision, Certificate of Public Convenience, Franchise Verification with LTFRB stickers, PAMI stickers, motorcycle Ors/CRs, LTO registration sticker, fake LTO driver's license, electrical tape, kitchen knife and an improvised test light were confiscated from the arrested suspects. The suspects were arrested after receiving marked money from individuals who posed as clients but were employed by the Task Force. They were later brought to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Camp Crame, Quezon City for documentation and examination at the PNP Crime Laboratory. All five suspects tested positive for the presence of fluorescent powder on both palms and hands.

Charges of Violation of Section 12 of the ARTA, Robbery/Extortion and Falsification of Public Documents were filed against the five suspects at the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office.

Meanwhile, the Task Force Anti-Fixers also entrapped and arrested Edison Galon y Tumala of Barangay Pinahan, Quezon City after receiving “dusted” money from Gretchen Distrito inside the NSO premises in East Avenue, Quezon City.

The suspect received the P1,000 marked money from Distrito in exchange for the fast release of her Certificate of Live Birth. The marked money, Certificate of Live Birth and other documents were received from the suspect. A case of Violation of ARTA was filed against Galon with the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office.

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