Driver’s license printer has no contract with LTO — By Neal Cruz Philippine Daily Inquirer
TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY JOSE “Ping” de Jesus did right in canceling the bidding, scheduled for today, for the production of new drivers’ licenses. The fact alone that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) seems in a hurry to bid out the project (to favored bidders, according to critics) is a giveaway.
There are many mysteries going on at the LTO and De Jesus should look closely into its affairs. For one, it appears that the LTO is the private preserve of the Iglesia ni Cristo. Most contracts are awarded by the LTO to members of the INC. In fact, the present LTO chief, Assistant Transportation Secretary Virgie Torres, is a well-known INC member. The owner of the present printer of drivers’ licenses, Amalgamated Motors Inc. (Ampi), is Filemon Cuevas, a senior member of the INC.
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