Stradcom files admin case vs LTO chief

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 16 2010 07:48 PM | Updated as of Dec 17 2010 03:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Stradcom Corp. has filed administrative cases against Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Virginia Torres for allegedly conspiring with the group that attempted to take over the company's building in Quezon City last week.

Stradcom is LTO's exclusive provider of information technology services. It maintains the database of all vehicles registered with the LTO and the millions of driver's license holders in the country.

Last Thursday, a group of armed men working for businessmen Bonifacio Sumbilla and Aderito Yujuico raided the Stradcom office inside the LTO compound in Quezon City.

Sumbilla and Yujuico are claiming to be the new shareholders of the IT firm.

Stradcom spokesperson Vince Dizon said they were seeking the dismissal of Torres and her assistant, Menelia Mortel, for allegedly conspiring with Sumbilla's group in taking control of the Stradcom headquarters.

Dizon said the main question was how Sumbilla's men were able to get inside the LTO compound and why Torres, instead of making them leave, did not do anything and even talked to the raiders as caught in CCTV footage.

Dizon said Torres committed grave misconduct and gross neglect of her duty.

He added that they have asked the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to suspend Torres while the investigation is ongoing.

Stradcom will also file civil and criminal cases like economic sabotage, trespassing, illegal entry, and falsification of documents against Torres and Mortel, and the Sumbilla group before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

DOTC Undersecretary Dante Velasco mentioned previously that they were considering suspending Torres in aid of the investigation being conducted by the department. - Report from Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News