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Fixers’ nest near LTO demolished

Manila, Philippines – A joint operation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Quezon City government has demolished alleged fixers’ nest built adjacent to the agency’s Central Office in Quezon City last Wednesday.

LTFRB executive director Atty. Roberto Cabrera said prior to the demolition of the illegal structures along Magalang Street, the agency has received countless reports about the proliferation of fixers on the street.

“The usual story is that people buy fake franchises from fixers who hold office in the illegal structures along Magalang Street. You can even search in web for advertisements of franchises for sale in Magalang Street,” he said.

LTFRB personnel led by Cabrera and Quezon City personnel from the Office of the City Market Administration conducted the demolition of the illegal structures. Cabrera said some of the occupants were initially adamant about leaving but eventually acceded to the orders of the Office of the City Mayor.

“Aside from being an eye sore, the presence of the illegal structures also causes traffic along Magalang Street and even extends to East Avenue. The illegal structures also prevent people from walking on the sidewalks and poses a hazard to pedestrians. The structures are obviously nuisance and should be immediately abated,” he said.

Cabrera said the demolition is part of the agency’s anti-fixer campaign and their next plan is to engage the Philippine National Police to help sweep the fixers who loiter along East Avenue. (Kris Bayos)