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LTO 7 RD files cyberlibel case against 5 motorcycle dealers

Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 Regional Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec filed on Monday, June 7, cyberlibel cases against five motorcycle dealers owned by the Du family for defamatory statements against the regional director for corruption.

In a press release, Atty. Ben Cabrido, Caindec’s legal counsel, said the case was filed at Mandaue City Prosecutor's Office.

"Today we have filed the case on behalf of LTO 7 Director Caindec in his personal capacity as well as in his official capacity against five corporations represented by their respective corporate officers, arising from the offense committed in violation of Republic Act 10175 or otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012,” Cabrido said.

The five motorcycle dealers include Desmark Corporation; Du Ek Sam, Incorporated; Des Strong Motors, Inc.; Des Marketing, Inc.; and Premio Corporation.

Caindec filed the cases in violation of Section 4(c)(4) of Republic Act No. 10175 otherwise known as online libel, cyberlibel, or libel committed through a computer system against the five corporations.

Cabrido said that there are two private complainants on the said case, Caindec in his personal capacity and him being the LTO 7 director.

The respondents released a joint official statement last February 15, 2021, on their Facebook pages, accusing RD Caindec of "demanding P500 SOP" from these dealers.

In his complaint, Caindec included the names of the corporate officers and Board of Directors as respondents per corporation.

For Desmark Corporation, he filed a cyberlibel case against Gilbert Du, Fe Socorro Du, Mark Allen Du, Marvin Ken Du, Jeanine Du, and Maricris Lopez.

Du Ek Sam, Incorporated includes Carl Ryan Lim, Cassandra Alexis Du, with Jane Du, Marvin Ken Du, Louise Camille Lumapas, George Du, Wilson Du, and Melecia Du.

For Des Strong Motors Inc.- Silvestre Lumapas Jr., Marolou Du-Lumapas, Louise Camille Lumapas, Tom Joshua Lumapas, and Edgardo Lumapas.

Des Marketing, Inc., - Carl Ryan Lim, Cassandra Alexis Du, Iwih Jane Du, Marvin Ken Du, Louise Camille Lumapas, George Du, Wilson Du, Melecia Du.

And Premio Corporation - Mark Allen Du, Jeanine Du, Maricris Lopez, Gilbert Du, Fe Socorro Du, and Marvin Ken Du.

Cabrido is confident that the City Prosecutor will find probable cause to file the criminal case against the corporations.

On his end, Caindec wants these owners to go to jail for their fraudulent schemes that affected majority of the poor Filipinos.

He added that even during the pandemic, these motorcycle dealers embargoed motorcycles from buyers without the judicial process, "Pila ka libo nga mga pobreng Pilipino na-imbargohan og mga motor karong pandemya. Yano ra nga giimbargo, wala niagi og judicial process."

"They accumulated wealth by the billions making money from the hardship, the ignorance and the desperation of so many Filipinos, there's about 14 million motorcycles in the Philippines now, how many millions ang naimbargohan?," said Caindec.  PR/Elias O. Baquero