Over 40 Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) personnel were either sacked or forced to resign over their alleged involvement in corruption, a “24 Oras” report from GMA News‘ Oscar Oida said Monday. Current top breaking Philippine headlines regarding the nation, world, metro manila, regions and exclusive special investigative reports.
Published December 12, 2016 7:57pm
Over 40 Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) personnel were either sacked or forced to resign over their alleged involvement in corruption, a “24 Oras” report from GMA News‘ Oscar Oida said Monday.
LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was furious upon learning that several personnel from his agency are involved in corruption.
“Sobrang galit. Di ko na sasabihin dito pero iba rin magmura yung si Secretary [Tugade], parang si presidente rin pag nakarinig ng korupsyon tumataginting yung tenga niya,” Delgra said.
The 44 sacked employees included National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Director Rodolfo Jaucian and four of his staff. They were sacked for issuing franchises despite an LTFRB moratorium declared in 2003.
LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada said a concerned citizen told them he was being charged P280,000 pesos for his franchise to be processed.
Lizada said their investigation found that the LTFRB NCR has two databases — one a ghost database of expired franchises.
“We found out that NCR has two databases. One is a ghost database where the franchises were expired or have not been active. Dun yung nilalaro nila if you are an operator interested to get a franchise, for a fee they will give you one but sila lang may hawak ng data na yun,” she said.
Lizada admitted the operations of the LTFRB have been compromised with the actions of Jaucian and 40 other personnel from their agency.
Lizada said the LTFRB is currently sorting out its database to identify which franchises are illegal.
“Iniisa-isa naming ina-out ang data kasi medyo, not medyo, it [database] is really compromised,” she said.
While Jaucian was sacked, Delgra said three from his staff were re-assigned to Mindanao while one was issued a show cause order.
“Pinalipat namin, nilagay namin sa cesspool. Yung isa nasa Cotabato, yung isa in-assign natin sa Zamboanga, yung isa inisyuhan ng show cause order,” Delgra said.
Jaucian and his four staff face the possibility of being charged with multiple and administrave cases, including graft, violation of the code of ethical standards, grave misconduct, and abuse of authority. —Joseph Tristan Roxas/KBK, GMA News