LTO chief: I'll resign if they prove wrongdoing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2011 12:56 PM | Updated as of Jun 21 2011 03:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Virginia Torres on Monday said she will resign from her post if critics prove their allegations that she is guilty of any wrongdoing.

Torres is set to return to work on Tuesday after her 60-day leave lapsed last Friday. She denied allegations that she is desperate to cling to her post amid the allegations.

"Kung mapatunayan nila na ako nga ay nagkasala, ako ang magsasabi sa Pangulo na ako ay bababa sa pwesto," she said in an interview on ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.

Torres said she is saddened that President Aquino is being criticized for not yet deciding on her case. "Ang ating Pangulo ay tapat. Kapag tama ka, tama ka at siya ay nasa inyong likod," she said.

She said that all she wants is to be given due process if the courts decide that she erred in the Stradcom dispute.

Asked  who would benefit if she resigns from office, she said: "Stradcom."

Torres took a leave from office after she was accused of siding with one of the factions in the intra-corporate dispute of Stradcom Corp, the IT solutions provider of LTO.

A Department of Justice fact-finding panel has recommended the filing of administrative charges against Torres for her failure to stop the forcible takeover of the Stradcom facility inside the LTO compound in Quezon City last December 9, 2010 and for showing partiality by siding with one of the two warring factions -- the group of Bonifacio Sumbilla.

Torres has denied siding with the Sumbilla group, saying that if she did "then they should be the ones already handling Stradcom." She noted that both the Sumbilla and Quiambao groups filed cases against her after the failed takeover.

Torres said she decided to withhold P1 billion in due and demandable payments to Stradcom because the courts had yet to decide on who has majority control of the company.

The LTO chief also said that she is saddened by reports that she has not been removed from her post because she is a shooting buddy of President Aquino, and that she has the backing of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo.