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Man behind modus on slot for passport renewal, arrested, charge up to P20,000

A man was arrested for allegedly offering a slot to anyone who wish to renew their passport in exchange for a fee of P2,500 up to P20,000.

Personnel of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) conducted the entrapment operation.

Seized from the suspect Modesto Bartolome Jr., the marked money used in the operation and the newly issued passport.

Authorities carried out the operation after discovering that there was an ongoing sale of the passport renewal slot.

It is currently difficult to get a slot to schedule passport renewals with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

But there is a fixer who allegedly offers the slot from P2,500 to P20,000. It is bigger than the standard passport processing fee which is only P950.

The DFA promised that they would cooperate in the investigation into such controversy.

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