by Harley F. Palangchao
A suspected fixer victimizing clients transacting with the Land Transportation Office has been arrested by operatives of the PNP Regional Traffic Management Unit- Highway Patrol Group.
The PNP-RTM-HPG reported, Thursday, that suspect Billy M. Razon, 57, was arrested on March 17 along Legarda Road by virtue of a warrant for estafa issued by Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 3 Judge Leody Opolinto.
Razon is said to be a fixer in the registration of vehicles at the LTO.
His modus operandi is to collect money from clients applying either for registration or driver’s license with a promise of expedited transactions.
However, he can no longer be found after collecting money from his supposed victims.
“HPG Cordillera is reminding the public not to deal with fixers during registration of their motor vehicle or when securing driver’s license. Instead, transact directly with the employees concerned,” the unit’s press release reads.
Several years ago, a ranking official of the Department of Transportation and Communication urged motorists not to deal with fixers offering their services to clients of the Baguio Licensing Center (BLC).
BLC has been doing its best to institute reforms and continual improvement of its services.
It offers services like issuances of driver’s license (new, renewal, duplicate, and conversion), conductor’s permit (new, renewal, and duplicate), student permit (new and duplicate), each with prescribed work steps and standard processing time.
The details are shown at the BLC in the form of tarpaulins, routing slips, and checklists.