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Jailed Sen. Revilla orders investigation to explain LTO plate shortage

Jailed Sen. Revilla orders investigation to explain LTO plate shortage image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Wikimedia, Storkk | posted April 28, 2015 11:06

LTO has three days to explain vehicles plates shortage to Senator Revilla

Jailed Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has put additional pressure on the Land Transportation Office (LTO) by asking the agency to explain what caused the vehicle plates shortage that led to the controversial no-registration, no-travel policy.

Just last week, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano filed a resolution to investigate the LTO after the agency declined the senator’s request to suspend the policy for thirty days, which also prompted Sen. Cayetano to threaten to block the LTO’s 2016 budget.

Despite being detained at the PNP Camp Crame Custodial Center, Sen. Revilla sent a letter to LTO Assistant Secretary Alfonso V. Tan Jr. asking for him to have an explanation regarding the issues raised within three days.

“It would be better if the LTO officials concerned would exert effort to see me in person and talk about the issue at the soonest possible time”,  said Revilla.

Sen. Revilla, Revilla, the concurrent chairman of the Senate committee on public service is reacting to complaints from motorists and even dealers regarding the shortage of vehicle license plates.

“Thus, the “no plate, no travel policy” could not just be implemented because LTO could not perform its mandate and obligations as they could not even release the license plates even as owners are registering their brand new vehicles or completing their annual registration”, added Revilla.

“Is this the Daang Matuwid Mantra? The policy of centralizing the registration bears semblance of monopoly or control to maybe favor possible car dealers and insurance companies but not really public service”, the senator said.

Senator Revilla is still being detained in relation to the Priority Development Assistance Fund scandal that surfaced last year.