A RELIABLE source at the Land Transportation Office (LTO 7) said that Regional Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec is beginning to panic following my letter-request to the Office of the Visayas Ombudsman for the anti-graft office to conduct a lifestyle check on him. The source said Caindec has changed the ownership of some of his Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) to his children to try to make it appear that the vehicles that his father, Victorio ‘Sonny’ Caindec, suspected of being unexplained wealth were acquired by his children and not by him. I also received information that he has sold some of his vehicles.
To recall, sometime last December, Sonny Caindec voluntarily visited radio DYSS radio and told anchor Aljin Abaquita that his son accumulated unexplained wealth by owning several SUVs in a matter of two years after the latter was appointed as regional director of LTO 7. He wants the Ombudsman to conduct a lifestyle check on his son. But, later, he was hesitant to file a formal complaint before the anti-graft office because his other siblings persuaded him not to do so. Taking the cudgels for the older Caindec, this columnist personally requested the Ombudsman Visayas to pursue the lifestyle check. My request letter was referred to the Ombudsman central office for further evaluation.
I challenged Caindec to make his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) public, but he refused. Maybe Caindec thinks that by “distributing” his unexplained wealth to his children, he can escape prosecution if proven that he possesses those unexplained assets. His children and his entire family for that matter will be included in the lifestyle check and should be investigated further to determine if they can afford to acquire such wealth. Let us just wait for further development on this matter.
By the way, why did Caindec not impose the maximum penalty prescribed under Presidential Decree 96 against Judiel Nino Cane, the Lapu-Lapu City student who used ‘wang-wang’ (siren) in his private car that went viral on the social media. Cane was just penalized in the amount of P8,000 for violating reckless driving and PD 96. I am reprinting the provisions and penal clause of PD 96 here so that the public may know the penalty for any violation of this law. Cane’s car registration should have been cancelled and revoked. Basin moingon na sab si Caindec nga “bright” kaayo ko. Nganong wala man ni siluti ning bataa pinasikad sa probisyon ning maong balaod nga panahon pang Marcos? Wala pa pud maamendar ning balaura. Wala man to gi-revoke. Multa ra man. Duna man gani nag-ingon nga dili mao tong sakyanan nga gi-surender. Nag-imbestigar kaha ug maayo si Caindec ani?
Presidential Decree 96. Declaring unlawful the use of attachment or sirens, bells, horns, whistle or similar gadgets that emit exceptionally loud or startling sounds including dome-lights and other signalling or flashing devices on motor vehicles and providing certain exceptions thereof:
1. That it shall be unlawful for the owner or possessor of any motor vehicle to use or attach to his vehicle any siren, bell, horn, whistle, or other similar gadgets that produce exceptionally loud or startling sound, including domelights, blinkers and other similar signalling or flashing devices.
2. The gadgets or devices mentioned above may be attached to and use only on motor vehicles designated for official use by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Commission, Police Departments, Fire Departments, and hospital ambulances.
Any device or gadget installed or mounted on any motor vehicle or otherwise used in violation of this Decree shall be subject to immediate confiscation and, in cases of a second and subsequent offenses, the offender shall be prosecuted for violation of this Decree before the military tribunal and, upon conviction thereof, shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment for six months and/or a fine of P600.