LTFRB exec in Bicol axed for extortion | Inquirer News

LTFRB exec in Bicol axed for extortion

/ 05:02 AM December 05, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Malacanang has axed the top official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in the Bicol region for allegedly extorting from transport operators.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea wrote LTFRB Bicol director Vladimir Kahulugan on Nov. 28 ordering him to vacate his office immediately after a three-month investigation of his alleged corruption.

There was no immediate comment from Kahulugan.


LTFRB’s Investigation, Security and Law Enforcement Staff (Isles) showed that Kahulugan and four of his personnel had been demanding monthly “protection money” from bus and UV express operators in his area.


His personnel eluded an entrapment operation by Albay’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and remained at large.

Isles also recommended criminal charges against Kahulugan, who was also allegedly involved in protecting unregistered public utility vehicles.

The Isles investigation had been prompted by a complaint from a bus operator who fell victim to their predatory ways.

Kahulugan and his men were also allegedly involved in extortion by flagging drivers over traffic violations in exchange for money, the investigation showed.

Isles also recommended the deactivation of the Bicol Interagency Road Safety Operation, which Kahulugan organized under the region’s Highway Patrol Group allegedly for his extortion racket.

Transport Secretary Arturo Tugade said the investigation of Kahulugan for possible criminal liability should serve as a warning to scalawags in government.

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