LTO looking into possibility of ‘sabotage’ in slow online registration systems

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Vehicles queue in traffic along EDSA highway in Makati City, Philippines, February 11, 2019. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said that they're now investigating the computers possibly behind the slowdown in its online registration systems. (Photo: REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)
Vehicles queue in traffic along EDSA highway in Makati City, Philippines, February 11, 2019. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said that they're now investigating the computers possibly behind the slowdown in its online registration systems. (Photo: REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is looking into the possibility of someone inside the agency sabotaging their online registration and licensing system, causing many problems in their Land Transportation Management Systems (LTMS).

Francis Almora, LTO’s steering committee chairperson, said in a press conference on Wednesday (September 7) that problems in LTMS have been adversely affecting their agency’s daily operations.

Hindi po namin masasabi kasi ‘yung nagsabi po, gusto rin po naming malaman kung bakit nasabing sabotahe. Dahil po we’re appealing to them [Dermalog] to give us the data and the information para ma-resolve kung meron man,” said Almora.

(We can’t say for sure because we also want to know why they said that it’s sabotage. We are appealing to them [Dermalog] to give us the data and information so we can resolve it.)

Dermalog Identification Systems, LTO’s information technology (IT) service provider, claimed that someone within the LTO is sabotaging the online registration and licensing system, however, they have not provided any details on the claim other than they’re already conducting their own investigation into the matter.

Nikki de Vega, a spokesperson of Dermalog, said that they had traced the problem to several “infected” computers at different LTO regional offices causing the traffic.

Natuklasan po namin na mayroon pong computer ng LTO sa loob po mismo ng LTO regional office … na pinanggagalingan po ng high volume of traffic na nagko-cause po ng slowdown doon sa network mismo ng LTO,” de Vega said during a press conference.

(We found out that there are computers within LTO regional offices … where high volumes of traffic are coming from, causing the slowdown of the network in the LTO.)

“That is very disturbing why that happened,” de Vega added. She also said that the computers in question are already in the custody of the LTO and that they have already transmitted their findings, and that their findings are affirmed by the LTO’s own IT experts.

De Vega said that an independent, third-party inquiry must be conducted.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates. The views expressed are his own.

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