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Tacloban City (January 9) – Director Alex Leyson formally assumed his new post as the Regional Director of Land Transportation Office in Region 8, after a simple turn-over rites today at the LTO Regional Office in Tacloban City.

Director Leyson’s first task was to have conference with the Regional Staff and with the officers in the different LTO districts in the Region.

Outgoing Land Transportation Office 8 regional director Raul Aguilos (2nd from left) hands over the symbolic key to incoming LTO-8 regional director Alex Leyson (3rd from left) during the turn-over ceremony at the DAR Training Center, Tacloban City, January 9.  Also in photo are (l-r) DOT-8 regional director Karen Tiopes, LTO-7 ARD Edgar Cabase, a former LTO regional director and LTO-8 ARD Romulo Bernardes.  (Photo by Vino R. Cuayzon)
Outgoing Land Transportation Office 8 regional director Raul Aguilos (2nd from left) hands over the symbolic key to incoming LTO-8 regional director Alex Leyson (3rd from left) during the turn-over ceremony at the DAR Training Center, Tacloban City, January 9. Also in photo are (l-r) DOT-8 regional director Karen Tiopes, LTO-7 ARD Edgar Cabase, a former LTO regional director and LTO-8 ARD Romulo Bernardes. (Photo by Vino R. Cuayzon)

Teary-eyed outgoing LTO-8 regional director Raul Aguilos thanks LTO-8 employees and the media for the support given as he urged them to extend the same support to the new regional director Alex Leyson.  (Photo by Vino R. Cuayzon)
Teary-eyed outgoing LTO-8 regional director Raul Aguilos thanks LTO-8 employees and the media for the support given as he urged them to extend the same support to the new regional director Alex Leyson. (Photo by Vino R. Cuayzon)

Newly installed LTO-8 regional director Alex Leyson (at the head table) in his first meeting with the agency’s district officers and division heads. (Photo by Vino R. Cuayzon)
Newly installed LTO-8 regional director Alex Leyson (at the head table) in his first meeting with the agency’s district officers and division heads. (Photo by Vino R. Cuayzon)

Director Leyson also met with the local media at noontime where he answered the questions of the media practitioners.

A day earlier, Director Leyson formally turned over his post at LTO Region 7 to Director Aguilos.
The two directors swapped their areas of assignment after DOTC Secretary Leandro Mendoza ordered the relief of Director Leytson amid allegations that LTO Region 7 faked the car registration papers of some 81 luxury cars seized in Makati City on December 20.

The Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) seized from a repair shop on Pasong Tamo Street , Makati City, 84 luxury cars, 81 of which were found lacking in documentation.
Expensive cars which include 21 BMWs, 16 Mercedes Benzes, 11 Porsche sports cars, four Jaguars, three Volvos, and a Lamborghini were confiscated from the Auto Sports 24 shop in Makati .

Ferraris, Carera, Boxter, Land Cruisers, Range Rovers, Cherokee and a Mini Cooper were also found in the repair shop. Thirty of the confiscated cars, including high-end models, could be worth P70 million to P100 million, according to DOTC’s statement quoting the PASG.
The 81 seized vehicles, allegedly, lacked documents to support the legality of the importation of these cars. Also, it was alleged that most of the seized vehicles in Makati were believed to be smuggled from Cebu .

The PASG also found out that the registration papers of the smuggled vehicles were issued by LTO offices in Cebu, particularly in Toledo .

The report of PASG apparently prompted Secretary Mendoza to order SLES to investigate on the issuance of faked car registrations in the LTO regional office under Director Leyson.
Although Director Leyson denied colluding with LTO officials to falsify the car registrations of the seized luxury vehicles valued at P200 million, he accepted the relief order like a good soldier hoping that the investigation will clear him and will lead to the identification of those responsible for the alleged anomalous registrations.

In the meantime, Director Leyson will work hard to at least equal the good performance of his dynamic predecessor.

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