Caindec: ‘I was not poor before I joined the LTO’

LAND Transportation Office (LTO) 7 Director Victor Caindec said on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, allegations of unexplained wealth against him were not new and were already denied by him in an affidavit sent to the central office last year.

On claims that he amassed his wealth just two years in his LTO 7 position, Caindec said he was a millionaire even before he joined the LTO.

Caindec said these allegations on his sudden, unexplained wealth were traced to his biological father, Victorio “Sonny” Caindec, with whom he has estranged relations. Caindec said he was raised by his grandparents and an aunt, not by his biological father.

Complaint

Before these allegations were reported in the news and in the SunStar Cebu column of Bobby Nalzaro last Jan. 6, Caindec said a complaint against him was already filed before the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (Nica). The complaint was also filed with the office of LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante.

Caindec said he issued an affidavit to answer the complaint and submitted it to Galvante on Nov. 13, 2019.

In his affidavit, he said there has been “a steady stream of anonymous complaints” accusing him of “acts of corruption and anomalous transactions.” He denied these allegations, saying these were “unfounded and are reasonably assumed to be born out of spite and malice.” All allegations were answered and “details of anti-corruption activities documented, submitted and presented” to the LTO, Department of Transportation, National Bureau of Investigation, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and the Office of the President, he added.

He said that before he assumed his LTO 7 director position, he already had an P8.35 million net worth. His business was a carwash, detailing and sanitation service managed by his eldest son.

Not poor

Caindec, in a social media post, said: “The conflict simmered until it was time to boil. Sonny Caindec then went to Nica to report my ‘lifestyle’ to which Nica sent the report to the LTO central office to Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante. I already sent my reply. Duly notarised, stamped and received. My SALNs (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) are in order. Sure ko Mr. Nalzaro, dili ko pobre sa wala pa ko nisulod sa LTO (I am sure, Mr. Nalzaro, that I was not poor before I joined the LTO).”

Nalzaro, in his column, wrote about the allegations of Caindec’s father and suggested that the Ombudsman’s office conduct a lifestyle check on Caindec in view of the father’s claims.

The complaint against Caindec said he acquired several cars and motorcycles, had his children enrolled in expensive schools and installed security cameras at his home just after he was appointed to the LTO position on Jan. 23, 2018. It also claimed he had received bribes and grease money from car dealers.

No backlogs

Caindec, in his affidavit, denied this and, on his children’s school, said: “School records of (my) children, attached for perusal, will reveal that (they) have been enrolled in their respective educational institutions even prior to my assuming public office.”

On bribes and grease money, Caindec pointed to how he was able to clear backlogs at his office by implementing rules and improving facilities.

On why he suspects his father is behind the allegations, Caindec said his father was approached several times by unscrupulous individuals who wanted to do business with the LTO. These persons promised his father “millions in weekly income.” He has rejected requests for meetings with these individuals. He also said he has “long standing family issues” that involve a “land ownership feud.”

As to his SALN, Caindec said it is in order, but he refused to give a copy.

He also said he is talking with his lawyers about the option of filing charges against Nalzaro. (HBL / NBC)