MANILA – The Land Transportation Office is set to conduct an internal investigation following the discovery of an operation producing fake licenses and car registration in Quezon City.
In a DZMM interview, LTO chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said he does not believe the operation is being conducted without help from someone inside the LTO.
“The way they are operating, hindi ako naniniwala na outside operation lang yan. Talagang target nating hanapin kung sino kakunstaba nila sa loob. Kasi kung nakakapag-upload ka sa sistema, hindi magagawa yun ng walang collusion from somebody inside. Kaya dito sa operasyong ito, tinitingnan natin kung sino ang involve sa licensing, registration."
Authorities raided a house in Mapagmahal Street, Barangay Pinyahan recently and confiscated several PVC cards, fake licenses, official receipt (OR), car registration (CR), stickers and other paraphernalia used in license-making.
The LTO chief said the arrested persons provide services to anyone who is applying for a license, or those whose vehicles are for registration, without having to go to the LTO.
He said the paper used in the production of the fake OR-CR is of poor quality but the printing, plastic card and even the laminate look authentic.
“In fact, yung mga nasamsam na gamit at yung sample ng kanilang finished product, kung di mo kikilatisin ng mabuti will pass like genuine,” he said.
He suspects too that unscrupulous individuals make use of fake driver’s licenses and plate numbers for their illegal activities like car theft.
“Gagayahin nila yung mismong pangalan ko or ng aking sasakyan tapos ipapalit nila yung pangalan nila..same yung number ng genuine CR papalitan ng pangalan tapos magpaparehistro kaagad sila. So posible na mauna pa silang magparehistro kaysa doon sa genuine owner. Kaya sa susunod na magparehistro yung genuine owner, siya yung paghihinalaang fake yung kanya dahil may nakapasok na nauna,” he explained.
But he also admitted that the failure of LTO to issue licenses could be another reason why many opted to get theirs from the fake one-stop-shop.
“Again, wina-warningan namin sila na they will suffer the consequences of the law kapag sila’y nahuli,” he said.
He assured the public that the new licenses to be issued by the LTO will bear additional security features.
“Sa ating gagawing bagong plaka, i-enhance pa natin yung tinatawag na analytics para ma discriminate natin yung fake at real. Isa ito sa mga gagawing procurement na babantayan na maka-comply sila sa security features na yun,” he said. With DZMM