LTO 7 files criminal cases against Mandaue dealer

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THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, filed criminal cases against officials of motorcycle dealer Des Strong Motors Inc. based in Mandaue City, Cebu for alleged submission of falsified documents.

Among the respondents are Julio Arabejo Jr., Rovelyn Ranises, Emelita Binarao, Renie Tumon, Joann Lanzaderas, Dr. Silvestre Lumapas, Marilou Lumapas and several John Does for violation of Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code.

In a press statement, the LTO 7 said the charges filed before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office were based on the authority given by LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante to LTO 7 Director Victor Caindec.

It said the findings of its “careful investigation despite the threat of the ongoing pandemic and calculated efforts aimed at harassing and intimidating the LTO 7 to desist from the investigation,” compelled it to press criminal charges against the dealership’s corporate officers, branch and area managers and involved employees.

During the course of its months-long investigation, the LTO 7 discovered a “deliberate pattern” of exploiting the LTO system through fraudulent reporting allegedly perpetrated by these dealers and their authorized representatives by means of submitting falsified receipts or sales invoices.

“To our mind, these impose issues of national interest,” the agency said in a statement. “We trust that the full arm of the law bring justice the Filipino people truly deserve,” the LTO 7 said.

The agency said the act of falsifying commercial documents intended to form part of public records is punishable under the Revised Penal Code and carries with it the penalty of imprisonment and the imposition of fines.

SunStar Cebu tried to get the side of Des Strong Motors Inc. on the matter, but its phone calls were not answered. (WBS)