Piles of license plates stolen, possibly worth millions of pesos, from the Land Transportation Office(LTO) compound during Holy Week. This was according to a statement by LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador. The LTO Plates Plant Division discovered the break in during March 28, Monday.
No details of the theft have been disclosed. LTO chief Robert Cabrera is currently seeking help from the Quezon city police department and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Cabrera said: "Ayaw nating mag-speculate, hayaan natin 'yung authority na gawin 'yung trabaho and wait for the result of the investigation saka tayo magbigay ng full details ,"
The compound had many security personnel, and assured that whoever was behind the robbery would face consequences. Those caught buying or selling stolen plates would face criminal charges under the Anti-Fencing Act. "Maraming security personnel sa loob at labas, at dalawang gates ang dinaanan ng mga suspects. Malinaw 'yung order ni [Assistant Secretary] Cabrera, whoever is behind the robbery would face the consequences," he added.
This report comes in after a series of criticisms on the government agency before for its license plate standardization worth P3.8 billion as well as the delay of the distribution of license plates after 600, 000 plates were abandoned at a Manila port after the private importer failed to pay import taxes of P40 million.