LTO chief willing to quit post only if…

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Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Edgar Galvante is willing to resign but not because of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Galvante said he will only resign if the request is made by either his immediate boss Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade or President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kung hinihingi niya ang resignation ko I’ll confer with my immediate boss. Kung sabihin ni Sec. Tugade na mag-resign ako, I’ll do it. Kung sinabi ng boss ko, appointing authority, magre-resign ako,” he said.

Alvarez on Wednesday urged Galvante to resign over the delayed release of new license plates.

Galvante pointed out that the LTO has been acting on the release of the license plates for a long time but they had to follow a process.

He explained that the delay started in 2013 when the plates for 2014 to 2018 were questioned before the courts and the Commission on Audit due to failure of the supplier-importer to pay the required Customs duties.

The LTO said the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order in June 2016 preventing them from releasing 700,000 license plates turned over by the Customs bureau.

The said cases remain pending in the court up to this day according to LTO.

Amid the deadlock, Galvante said he asked for a budget for the procurement of new plates which Tugade approved allotting P1 billion for it.