Tuesday, September 25, 2018

9 Nabbed in NBI Operations Against Makers of Fake LTO Licenses, Gov't IDs

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested nine people caught producing and selling fake government-issued IDs such as Land Transportation Office (LTO) driver’s licenses and other documents during a series of entrapment operations this month.

Acting on a report by the LTO, NBI agents of the Anti-Graft Division (AGD) conducted its first entrapment operation along C.M. Recto Avenue in Manila last September 12. The operation revealed that government IDs and other public documents were being falsified in plain sight.

An undercover NBI-ADG agent was approached by a certain Paul Cabrera, who offered falsifying an LTO drivers’ license for PhP1,000 and a Philippine passport for Php3,500.

An entrapment operation immediately ensued and search warrants were served. Eight were arrested, namely Dexter De Guzman, Roger Benitez, Arlene Dela Cruz, Mary Grace Trajano, Joshua Pascua, R-Jay Mercado, Samuel Dolendo and Susan De Guzman, who were caught in the act of manufacturing fake IDs and documents. The NBI also seized paraphernalia such as computer sets, printers, scanners, laminating machines, and dry seal, among others. 

They were brought to the NBI Headquarters in Manila and were charged for violation of the “New Passport Act of 1996” and the “Land Transportation and Tariff Code”.

The raiding team conducted another operation in a compound along Recto Avenue on September 19 in the presence of barangay officials. The team confiscated 342 fake LTO license cards, 23 LTO license official receipts, 65 blank LTO license official receipts, 370 blank PVC cards, and 1 ID card cutter.

The compound, which is owned by a Minda Delos Santos, is being rented by a certain “Jong” and “Jennifer”. They will be charged for multiple counts of violation the “Land Transportation and Tariff Code.” Barangay officials will also be investigated by the NBI for possible administrative or criminal liability for their failure to prevent the proliferation of these illegal activities in their jurisdiction.

LTO Chief Edgar Galvante expressed his gratitude and support to the NBI and the Department of Interior and Local Government for bringing the perpetrators to justice. Certificates of Appreciation were given out to all NBI personnel involved in the operation.

“Along this line, the LTO will support and rally behind the DILG on any legal action that he may initiate against barangay officials who deliberately tolerate the existence of business establishments engaged in the production of fake documents,” wrote Galvante in a letter addressed to DILG Undersecretary Martin Dino.

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