Saturday, May 26, 2018

DOTr Crackdown Againat Corruption Continues, 2 LTFRB Employees Face Possible Dismissal for Extortion

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Two employees of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are now facing possible dismissal from service, after being allegedly involved in corruption.

On 23 May 2018, the LTFRB assisted in filing an estafa case at the Quezon City Prosecutors Office against Jean Gunda, an employee of LTFRB-NCR, for allegedly collecting money in exchange of a taxi franchise.

Mr. Rogelio Colita, a taxi franchise applicant from Mandaluyong City sought the help of the LTFRB Main Office to formally lodge a complaint against Gunda.

According to LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada, Colita’s sworn affidavit says that Gunda promised to help him secure a taxi franchise sometime in April 2016 in exchange of PhP175,000.

“Although there was no written agreement, the complainant allegedly personally handed over PhP175,000 to Gunda in her office in Quezon City. But, after more than a year of waiting and constant follow up, not a single franchise surfaced, which prompted the complainant to bring the matter to proper authorities,” BM Lizada said.

According to Colita, Gunda offered to pay him PhP5,000 every month, but he declined as he needed the money in full. 

Meanwhile, Amelia Dela Cruz, transportation development officer of LTFRB-NCR is also facing a complaint filed before the Ombudsman for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, dishonesty, grave misconduct and falsification of documents, and was directed to present her counter affidavit and witnesses before the Ombudsman.

A video of Dela Cruz surfaced extorting PhP250,000 from an unnamed complainant in exchange of a UV Express franchise.

LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra, upon the instructions of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, has ordered thorough investigation and filing of appropriate administrative charges against the involved employees.

“Patunay ito na wala tayong kinukunsinte. Mataas o mababa ang posisyon, basta may iligal na aktibidad, tayo mismo ang magsusuplong sa kanila. Hindi ako papayag na sayangin nila ang pagod natin na linisin ang hanay ng LTFRB”, said Delgra.

For his part, Tugade issued a fair warning not only to corrupt employees but to the public as well. 

“Dumaan po tayo sa proseso. Ang pagsupil sa korapsyon, two-way ‘yan. ‘Wag niyo ilapit sa tukso ang mga empleyado kasi tayo po mismo ang naglalagay sa mga sarili natin sa alanganin. Gawin natin ang tama. Paalala lang sa lahat: Kung ayaw ninyo kaming maging korap, ‘wag niyo kaming korapin. Doon naman sa magpapatukso, yariin ko talaga kayo. Alam niyong hindi ako nagbibiro,” said Tugade.

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