VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Timeline of corruption allegations in LTFRB

Through a special order dated Nov. 3, the Department of Transportation reinstated Teofilo Guadiz III as chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). This came almost a month after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ordered Guadiz’s suspension on allegations of corruption.

The Office of Executive Secretary confirmed this on Nov. 5, saying that the Office of the President (OP) lifted the suspension order after Jefferson Tumbado recanted his allegations against Guadiz.

“There stands no reason to place Chairman Guadiz under preventive suspension unless a supervening event maintaining the same accusations against him are put forth before the OP,” it added.

Tumbado, Guadiz’s former executive assistant, alleged during a media briefing on Oct. 9 that transport officials receive up to P5 million from operators to speed up transactions such as route modification and franchise application in the LTFRB. 

Here is a full timeline of events on the controversy:


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Guadiz reinstated as LTFRB Chief

OES confirms lifting of Guadiz’s suspension order

MANIBELA Facebook page, MANIBELA Press Briefing, Oct. 9, 2023

Presidential Communications Office, STATEMENT ON LTFRB CHAIR TEOFILO GUADIZ III, Oct. 9, 2023

NBI summons Tumbado

Tumbado no-show at NBI

GMA News, Guadiz denies corruption allegations, ready to face probe, Oct. 16, 2023

Tumbado appears before NBI

Tumbado said he was only pressured to recant

House of Representatives, Motu proprio inquiry into the alleged corruption in the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Oct. 23, 2023

ABS-CBN News, LTFRB chief not yet off the hook despite Palace order | TeleRadyo Serbisyo, Nov. 6, 2023

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