Four LTO ‘fixers’ nabbed in Marikina

Published January 22, 2021, 6:57 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Four alleged “fixers” at the satellite office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Marikina City were arrested by police on Friday.

Police identified the suspects as Eduardo Distor, 54; Pablo Cernechez, 58; Jomar Atanante, 27; and Reynaldo Distor, 59.

They were apprehended near the LTO-Marikina satellite office located on Ming Ramos Lane in Barangay Sto. Niño at around 11 a.m.

According to a police report, the suspects were seen roaming the vicinity of the LTO satellite office offering faster transaction to LTO clients and acting as members of the agency’s help desk.

“The personnel verified and validated their authority to transact as LTO agents but the suspects failed to present proof of identity,” police said.

Police said the suspects were also not wearing face masks and face shields properly, violating the minimum health standard protocols of the government amid the pandemic.

Before the arrest, police noted that they received information regarding rampant unlawful activities involving illegal fixers at the LTO satellite office in the city.

The four suspects are now under the custody of Marikina Police.

Police said charges for violation of Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 and the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act will be filed against them.