By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
An official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board was sued by a taxi operator for estafa after asking for a P175,000 charge for a taxi franchise, instead of the P520 standard fee.
Jean Gunda, a transportation development officer assigned under the LTFRB-National Capital Region office, was now facing charges for swindling filed by Rogelio Colita before the Quezon City prosecutor’s office last week.
The case stemmed after Gunda failed to provide a taxi franchise for Colita who paid a P175,000 “processing fee” in 2016.
In his 11-page sworn statement, Colita said that Gunda, who was assigned at the LTFRB-NCR office, offered him a taxi franchise for P175,000 on April 9, 2016.
On April 12 of the same year, Colita went to Gunda’s office along East Avenue in Quezon City and paid in cash the P175,000 fee asked by the latter, and the documents she required for processing the franchise.
Colita said that the government employee received the payment but did not gave him any papers for proof.
However, despite follow-ups made by Colita for the whole year, he never received his CPC.
In a screenshot of their text conversation, Colita was always told by Gunda to wait as it was still “in the process.”
On December 2017, Colita decided to cancel the transaction but Gunda insisted to continue as it was already being processed.
Gunda later agreed and told him that they already working on the refund.
The regular LTFRB employee failed to give back the money to Colita and offered to pay him instead in monthly installments of P5,000, which the latter refused.
The complainant said that his money was never returned to him, prompting him to file Estafa against Gunda.
According to LTFRB member Atty. Aileen Lizada, they had received several reports of Gunda’s alleged illegal activities but she said Colita was the first one who filed a complaint against the employee.