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in any and all her ac­tiv­i­ties or en­deav­ors, and from act­ing and rep­re­sent­ing in behalf of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, its of­fi­cers and mem­bers.”

Lu­cas was given a copy of the Board Res­o­lu­tion in a trans­mit­tal let­ter signed by no less than VACC Pres­i­dent Arse­nio “Boy” Evan­ge­lista and VACC Chair­man So­corro “Cory” Quirino. It was cer­ti­fied on April 4, 2019 by VACC Sec­re­tary Man­jin­der Ku­mar.

The ex­pul­sion and ban stemmed from a com­plaint filed with VACC by Spouses Paul and Er­linda San­tos who were “of­fered her (Pyra) ser­vices to fa­cil­i­tate the fa­vor­able and ex­pe­di­tious dis­po­si­tion of the Pe­ti­tion for Re­view filed by their son, Rurik Earl, pend­ing be­fore the DOJ for rape and re­quested P2,200,000.00 for said pur­pose.”

The Res­o­lu­tion states: “The to­tal amount of P1,200,000.00 was in fact re­ceived by Pyra Lu­cas in three oc­ca­sions, July 24, Au­gust 22 and Septem­ber 11, 2017.”

“Spouses Paul and Er­linda San­tos made nu­mer­ous de­mands to Pyra Lu­cas for the fa­vor­able and ex­pe­di­tious dis­po­si­tion of the men­tioned case or re­turn the money they gave to her, that Pyra Lu­cas failed to de­liver de­spite lapse of time and that in fact the said Pe­ti­tion was de­nied by DOJ,” the res­o­lu­tion fur­ther states.

The al­le­ga­tions against Lu­cas were cor­rob­o­rated by one Andy Magno and one Mary Ann Tabuzo, both mem­bers of the VACC, who in­tro­duced her to the San­tos cou­ple.

“Her ex­pul­sion from the or­ga­ni­za­tion is with­out prej­u­dice to the fil­ing of ap­pro­pri­ate cases against her,” the Sec­re­tary’ Cer­tifi­cate added.

“The acts of Pyra Lu­cas se­ri­ously and ut­terly un­der­mine and vi­o­late the ba­sic prin­ci­ples and poli­cies of the or­ga­ni­za­tion to fight crime and cor­rup­tion and to sup­port and as­sist the vic­tims… ”

The VACC gave Pyra a chance to ex­plain her­self in a meet­ing with some mem­bers of the Board on Fe­bru­ary 10, 2019 where she promised to re­turn the P1.2 mil­lion. In that meet­ing, she claimed that she acted in her per­sonal ca­pac­ity and not as mem­ber of the VACC and that she did not ben­e­fit from the money.

“PYRA LU­CAS has failed to re­turn the money she re­ceived from the SPS SAN­TOS and has put the or­ga­ni­za­tion in bad light,” the Res­o­lu­tion added.

In a sub­se­quent let­ter dated Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019, Evan­ge­lista and Quirino also di­rected Lu­cas to sub­mit her answer but had failed to do so.

“The fail­ure of Pyra Lu­cas to sub­mit her answer de­spite no­tice is deem(ed) a waiver (to) her right to sub­mit her de­fense and re­solves the case be de­cided based on avail­able ev­i­dence,” the res­o­lu­tion states. (Press Re­lease)

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