Nalzaro: Ombudsman to probe Caindec’s assets

Bobby Nalzaro

IRISH writer Edmund Burke (1729-1797) once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

I am not saying that I belong to one of the “good men.” I am also a sinner like any human being. But if we are going to weigh my sin, it is only in pounds not in tons compared to others.

I have never been accused of corruption in my previous and present employment in the private sector unlike some government officials who enrich themselves while in power. I did not step on anyone’s toes to achieve what I have achieved in my professional life. If “appreciating beautiful single women” is a sin, then I will plead guilty to that. I think that’s my only sin. But can you blame me if I appreciate beautiful women? God gave us eyes to see the beauty of the world.

Aside from exposing the wrongdoings of government officials in my various media platforms, (radio, TV and newspapers), I “walk an extra mile” by filing an official complaint against Land Transportation Office (LTO) Central Visayas Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec. As reported in the media, I went to the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas last Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, to file my complaint by requesting the anti-graft office to conduct a lifestyle check on Caindec.

This is in view of the allegations of his biological father, Victorio “Sonny” Caindec that the LTO official has amassed unexplained wealth in the two years after being appointed to his position. The older Caindec alleged that his son, whom he has been estranged for several years, owns several sports utility vehicles (SUVs). He was surprised how his son acquired these vehicles.

In my letter-request, I asked Honorable Paul Elmer Clemente, Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas, to conduct a lifestyle check on Caindec. “It is my belief that it is to the best interest of all taxpayers and the public in general and also to Mr. Caindec himself that this Honorable Office of the Deputy Ombudsman-Visayas will conduct a lifestyle check on him. If he has no unexplained wealth, Mr. Caindec will be cleared. But if he does, he must face the music and be prosecuted with the full force of the law,” part of my letter-request read.

I have nothing personal against Caindec. I just took up the cudgel for his father, who is now hesitant to pursue his complaint because his siblings persuaded him not to pursue the case against his son. And I think this is also for the good of Caindec because, as what I have said, if he has no unexplained wealth then he should be cleared.

I been challenging him to make public his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Network since he joined the government but he refused. If he has nothing to hide, why he would refuse. Is he hiding something?

Even before writing about the allegations of his father, I have been receiving information about Caindec’s alleged modus in his office.

There are suspicions that he is allegedly receiving a share of the P7,500 his people allegedly demand from new driver’s license applicants. If applicants do not succumb to the demand, they fail the written and practical exams.

Caindec failed to stop this kind of corruption.

Another allegation is that he is receiving a monthly payola from car and motorcyle dealers for a hassle-free and fast registration. He also allegedly cornered almost all insurance for “the registration vehicles.”

But I am not swallowing these allegations hook line and sinker. I want also the Ombudsman to consider these allegations for a fact-finding investigation and if the evidence warrants it, file the necessary charges against him.

In my letter-request, I attached my series of columns about Caindec in the previous weeks. I will be sending the same request to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Office and to the Office of the President. Atong tan-awon kung mo-prosper ba ni. Gusto man kaha og corruption-free ning gobirnoha.