Panglao officials urge Marcos to not reappoint Caindec as LTO 7 chief

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THE Municipal Council of Panglao town, Bohol has asked President Ferdinand “Bongbong “ Marcos Jr. not to renew the appointment of Victor Emmanuel Caindec as director of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7.

In a resolution they passed and approved on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, council members led by Vice Mayor Noel Hormachuelos issued the statement to express “vehement objection and disapprobation” before Malacañang against Caindec for his possible reappointment or new appointment in any public office.

The resolution states that during the incumbency of Caindec as LTO 7 director together with his field personnel, they committed grave abuse of discretion by issuing medical certificates to a considerable number of student permit applicants even without conducting actual medical examination by the doctor whose signature appeared

in the document and who is not accredited to practice in Bohol Province, particularly in Panglao.

The council claimed the doctor committed a violation against their existing municipal ordinance by not first securing occupational permit and business permit before practicing his medical profession in the municipality.

This was not the first time that Hormachuelos tussled with Caindec.

Days before the May 9, 2022 national and local elections, Hormachuelos, who was a councilor, sued Caindec and the latter’s daughter-in law, then Panglao councilor Amira Alia Montero-Caindec, before the National Bureau of Investigation for alleged electioneering and graft and corruption.

Found wanting

But in a statement posted on his official Facebook page, Caindec said he considered the resolution issued by the Panglao Municipal Council “wanting.”

“They could have consulted me and I would have suggested a better-crafted position paper that they could use against me, such as pointing out my constant pejoratives,” Caindec said.

“I have welcomed criticism and faced even the harshest critics head-on. But alas, inasmuch as I am invigorated to engage them in a sprightly discussion, the document before me reveals the character of the individuals who hastily crafted what is masqueraded as a municipal resolution: shallow as the shoals of Panglao Bay and underwhelming as their Virgin Island,” he said.