By: Roy Bersales
FINALLY, after over five months in office the Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) kicked one of its top officials and 43 employees out of office due to corruption charges.
Surprisingly LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III called a press conference in order to reveal to the public through the media that LTRFB-NCR chief Rodolfo Jaucian and 43 employees of the same office were sacked from their respective jobs due to graft and corruption complaints.
Delgra never talked to media about his accomplishments in so far as anti-corruption drive was concern.
Delgra never granted an interview even to the so-called big guns in the media because it appeared that he could not say anything about anti-graft and corruption campaign in the LTFRB since he entered the agency only last July.
In the press conference, Delgra said LTFRB-NCR Director Jaucian and the 43 employees under his command were found to have been maintaining “ghost data base” being used for their supposed corrupt practices.
Delgra said the ghost data base was utilized for the “revival” of “dead franchises” of public utility vehicles in exchange of huge amount of money.
He, however, refused to disclose the exact amount.
He also disclosed that LTFRB-NCR maintains a number of names that could not be found in the official record of the agency.
Delgra emphasized that the relief of Jaucian and 43 employees of LTFRB-NCR was part of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s standing order to clean up the LTFRB from corrupt officials and employees.
Duterte has previously assailed LTFRB for rampant graft and corruption.
He said LTFRB is one of the notorious in corruption activities.
The two others were the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Bureau of Customs (BOC).
BOC under Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon was reportedly doing his part to end rampant graft and corruption at the BOC.
But LTO chief Edgardo Galvante was alleged to have been sleeping in his job.