By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) reminds the public on Monday not to avail of “non-appearance” offers and other services of convenience being peddled by alleged “fixers” on social media.
This came after assorted posts on social media arose where some fixers are even offering the non-appearance of individuals pinning to renew or apply for new driver’s licences at LTO offices.
“Ito’y klarong panlilinlang sa ating mga kababayan,” Atty. Alex Abaton, Special Legal Assistant to the Office of the Assistant Secretary said.
According to Abaton, they have conducted many operations with the Anti-Cybercrime Group of the Philippine National Police against fixers. But he admitted that there are still those who are able to get through to them.
Abaton added that those who use the services of fixers can also be punished under the law.
“Gusto natin paalalahanan yung ating mga kababayan na hindi lang po ito kaso ng halimbawa paggamit ng pekeng driver’s license, but ultimo po yung subscriber natin dito, yung ating tumatangkilik dito, can also be held liable by the Revised Penal Code doon po sa paggamit po ng mga palsipikadong dokumento.”
He said that anyone who will be caught using a fake license can be fined P3,000. The individual will also not be allowed to get a real driver’s license or drive for a year. (ai/mtvn)