By Jennifer C. Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug 15, 2013 (PIA) — Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Negros Oriental recently arrested a resident of Purok Santol, Barangay Balugo, Dumaguete City suspected for allegedly manufacturing fake LTO (Land Transportation Office) driver’s licenses.
In a provincial peace and order council meeting, Atty. Dominador Cimafranca of NBI reported that their informant disclosed that it only took three to four days for the suspect to process a fake professional driver’s license for a fee of P2,500.
Applicants were simply asked to submit the needed personal details and one piece of 1 x 1 ID picture as a requirement, Atty. Cimafranca said.
In an entrapment operation, NBI agents posed as applicants for a LTO license. The suspect was arrested inside Robinson’s Place Dumaguete while handing out spurious and fake LTO professional driver’s licenses.
After his arrest, the suspect intimated his desire to cooperate with authorities in the conduct of the investigation in the production of fake LTO licenses.
In a separate follow-up entrapment operation, NBI agents arrested another suspect, the main source of the counterfeit LTO driver’s license at barangay Calindagan near Robinson’s Place-Dumaguete. He was arrested after receiving the marked money in exchange for three pieces of counterfeit LTO professional driver’s licenses.
“Using marked money from the financial assistance of Governor Roel Degamo, the operatives were able to apprehend the suspect,” the NBI agent said.
Criminal charges for falsification of public documents and estafa were then filed against the two suspects before the Dumaguete City Prosecution Office.
Cimafranca advised the public to verify the authenticity of their Official Receipt (OR) and Certificate of Registration (CR) before the LTO. (FCR/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)