The Coalition of Clean Air Advocates of the Philippines (CCAAP) — a multisectoral oraganization made up of environmental advocates and transport groups — is suing the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for the air pollution in Metro Manila.
“On Monday, June 1, the CCAAP filed a complaint for graft in the Office of the Ombudsman against LTO chief Alfonso Tan and LTO management information division officer in charge Rector Antiga because they failed to implement the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 and stop corruption in the motor vehicle emission testing process where even ‘no-shows’ were issued a certificate of emission compliance (CEC),” reports Jaymee T. Gamil in Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The report explained that “Antiga was included in the lawsuit because his office, which was in charge of receiving all the emission tests results, allegedly did not double-check whether these were valid or had been falsified.”
In their 11-page complaint, the CCAAP urged the Ombudsman to place the respondents on preventive suspension.
In a press statement, CCAAP chair Dr. Leo Olarte said, “Massive graft and corruption in the motor vehicle emission testing process, [which is] under the control and supervision of the LTO, is a major reason why the air we all breathe is polluted.”