By PR | 01:52 PM July 26, 2021

Suspects Maximo Galagar Jr., 59, and Alfredo Cogotano were arrested for selling fake driver’s license. Contributed Photo

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 has warned the public with continuing illegal offerings of the alleged fixers selling fake driver’s licenses.

Just recently, LTO 7 Regional Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec led the entrapment operation against two individuals selling fake driver’s licenses in Bohol.

RD Caindec together with the Jagna Police Station of the Bohol Provincial Police Office, apprehended Maximo Galagar Jr., 59, and Alfredo Cogotano, legal age, both from Jagna, Bohol.

The said joint entrapment operation took place last July 19 after two complainants appeared at Jagna Police Station to file a complaint against the said suspects for the counterfeit licenses.

“Kaning atoang victims, they appeared sa Jagna Police Station after noticing nga ilahang issued license kay fake. Gidani ni sila sa suspects, nipasalig pa nga naa daw sila’y kaila sa LTO unya sila nalang daw ang mo-process,” said Caindec.

After getting hold of the alleged fake licenses, the complainant with Jagna Police Chief Police Major Andie Corpus together with Deputy Chief Police Lieutenant Marvin Chin went to LTO Jagna District Office – Garcia Hernandez.

Upon validation of the said LTO office, the licenses were confirmed and affirmed to be fake driver’s license cards.

Contributed Photo.

“After verifying nga fake, I immediately went to Jagna. Ngilngig ni atong suspects kay aside sa P7,000 ang pangayo, wa’y gipangayo nga laing requirements. We are looking at their connections para madakpan pud nato,” added the director.

The director also revealed that rates of illegal licenses range from P12,000 to P15,000, “the police and LTO Bohol estimate that there are over 100 victims in the past few months.”

“With the opening of New License Issuance facility in Garcia Hernandez and Talibon LTO offices, we hope that the perceived difficulties in getting a valid driver’s license, which lure victims to no appearance fixers, complemented by the LTO Malasakit Outreach program in Bohol giving out scholarships for Theoretical Driving Course, the problem will be addressed.”

The suspects will be charged with estafa, falsification of public documents, and other cases based on the police filing at the Fiscal’s office.

RD Caindec also warns the public that driving with a fake license is subject to a P3,000 fine with a 12-month suspension of driver’s license under Republic Act No. 4136.

By Bohol Island News

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