Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Executive Director Samuel Jardin has been suspended for 90 days over corruption allegations.
The Department of Transportation said in a statement that a formal charge has been filed against Jardin for grave misconduct; receiving for personal use a valuable thing in the course of official duties wherein such gift was given in the expectation of receiving favorable treatment; and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
Jardin allegedly solicited some P4.8 million in exchange for facilitating and granting the application for a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or a permit to operate.
The DoTr urged Jardin to submit an answer within three days from receipt of the formal charge.
Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said that any corrupt deed, or the perception of graft in the ranks of the DoTr offices and attached agencies will not be tolerated.
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Jardin as LTFRB executive director in March 2018.
During Tuesday’s DoTr flag raising ceremony at the central office in Clark, Pampanga, Tugade said that two high-ranking officials, then unnamed, will be meted orders of preventive suspension for alleged involvement in corruption.
“The DoTr resounds its stern warning that disciplinary action shall come swift and unrelenting to any official or employee, no matter the rank, for the slightest hint of corruption.
“The Transportation department wholly supports the campaign of the President against graft and corruption, and shall not hesitate to exercise its full power and authority to rid its ranks of errant officials and employees,” the DoTr statement said.