Cebu LTO of­fi­cial faces ex­tor­tion raps

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - NATION - BY MJ BLANCAFLOR @tri­bunephl_MJB

Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Harry Roque warned a Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO) Cebu that he faces ex­tor­tion charges af­ter re­ceiv­ing sev­eral com­plaints from mo­torists.

In a tele­vised brief­ing on Tues­day, Roque ac­cused LTO Re­gion 7 re­gional di­rec­tor Vic­tor Cain­dec of ex­tor­tion.

Mo­tor­cy­cle and car dis­trib­u­tors have com­plained about the de­layed re­lease of their li­cense plates and ra­dio-fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (RFID) stick­ers be­cause they will not give Cain­dec the money de­manded from them.

“I have af­fi­davits to prove that he is ex­tort­ing from mo­tor­cy­cle dis­trib­u­tors and this is a mat­ter of pub­lic doc­u­ment al­ready. If they won’t agree to the amount he is ask­ing, there will be sud­den hin­drances hap­pen­ing in the is­suance,” he said.

Roque re­minded that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte is for zero cor­rup­tion.

“Don’t make the mis­take of other of­fi­cials in terms of cor­rup­tion. I will bring the mat­ter to the top lead­er­ship,” he added.

As early as July, some groups have com­plained about de­lays in the pro­cess­ing and re­lease of cer­tifi­cates of reg­is­tra­tion for new cars and mo­tor­cy­cles in Cen­tral Visayas.

Roque, in his press brief­ing in Ca­gayan de Oro City on Mon­day, warned the LTO of­fi­cial to “shape up” in line with the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s anti-cor­rup­tion drive.

Cain­dec said the al­le­ga­tions against him are at­tempts to ham­per the in­ves­ti­ga­tions he made. He said he is ready to prove his in­no­cence.

He also ques­tioned Roque’s ties to the is­sue, say­ing the Palace of­fi­cial is the former as­so­ciate of the lawyer of the car dealer un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“I got a call from the as­sis­tant sec­re­tary (Edgar Gal­vante of LTO) telling me to fix that is­sue be­cause Sec­re­tary Roque is call­ing about it. I got that to mean that must be good news ini­tially be­cause the is­sue is now in the per­spec­tive of higher gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials,” Cain­dec said.

PHO­TO­GRAPH COUR­TESY OF LTO7

LAND Trans­porta­tion Of­fice Cebu has an of­fi­cial fac­ing ex­tor­tion raps, with pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Harry Roque him­self re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from mo­torists.

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