9 involved in fake emission results nabbed

NINE persons behind the falsification of smoke emission testing results of motor vehicles were nabbed in a raid by agents of the National Bureau of vestigation at their safe house in Caloocan City over the weekend.

The raid was conducted Friday afternoon at the corner of Asistio St., and 10th Ave., in Caloocan by operatives of the NBI-Environment and Wildlife Protection Division by virtue of a search warrant issued by Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

The alleged illegal Private Emission Testing Center (PETC) is operated by Ed Rivera, who is the registered owner of Smoke in the City and Enviroguard, both emission testing centers.

Some 11 desk top computers and other gadgets used in their illegal operations that allows the non-appearance of motor vehicles in the issuance of certificate of environmental compliance (CEC) were seized during the operation.

The CEC is a requirement for the renewal of motor vehicle registration with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

The NBI agents did not name the arrested suspects  who were all computer encoders who regularly report to their safe house pending the filing of charges for fraud and falsification of public documents against them.

Under the Clean Air Act of 1999, all motor vehicles are required to under mandatory smoke emission testing before they are allowed to renew their registration with the LTO.

Prior to the operation Atty. Sixto Comia, head of the NBI-EWPD, they received reports that a number of PETC are engaged in the unscrupulous business of allowing the  non-appearance of motor vehicles for emission testing in exchange for grease money amounting to 1,000.

Emission test results are conducted in PETCs authorized by the LTO as a requirement for motor vehicle registration.
However in this case, the said activity was done inside an apartment unit (the suspect’s safe house) and not in a center itself.  Jing Villamente


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