Fixers in the Philippines
The Philippines Republic Act No. 9485 is also known as the “Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007″. It is designed to improve efficiency in the delivery of government service to the public.
The Anti-red tape law in the Philippines punishes fixers and violators of the Act.
Section 4 of the Philippines Republic Act 9485, defines a “fixer” as any individual whether or not officially involved in the operation of a government office or agency who has access to people working therein, and whether or not in collusion with them, facilitates speedy completion of transactions for pecuniary gain or any other advantage or consideration.
Section 11 of the Philippines Republic Act 9485 specifies various “fixer” offences, including:
Grave Offense – Fixing and/or collusion with fixers in consideration of economic and/or other gain or advantage.
Section 12 of the Philippines Republic Act 9485 states that fixers will be charged with criminal liability.
Penalty – Dismissal and perpetual disqualification from public service.
In addition to Sec. 11 (b), fixers, as defined in this Act, shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment not exceeding six years or a fine not less than Twenty Thousand Pesos (P20,000.00) but not more than Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (P200,000.00) or both fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court.