SC favors Quiambao group in Stradcom dispute

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The Supreme Court building in Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has ruled that the business group led by Cezar Quiambao was the rightful owner of Stradcom Corp., paving the way for the information technology (IT) service firm to collect billions of pesos in receivables for services rendered to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

In a resolution, the high tribunal’s Second Division said the intracorporate dispute, as alleged by the group of Rodolfo Millare, was a mere “nuisance suit.”

Millare is allied with the group of Bonifacio Sumbilla, who claimed to be a stockholder of Stradcom and, as such, tried to take over the company’s database facilities at the LTO headquarters on Dec. 9, 2010.

Along with 40 armed followers, the take-over attempt resulted in a six-hour standoff that caused in a stoppage of LTO services for the issuance of drivers’ licenses nationwide.

Since then, the LTO has withheld payment of over P4 billion in fees it owed Stradcom prior to the ownership dispute being resolved by the courts. The Supreme Court decision paves the way for the funds to be paid to the Quiambao-led Stradcom.

In its decision, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeals that the intracorporate complaint filed by Sumbilla and Millare against Stradcom’s board of directors and officers was a nuisance suit.

It also upheld a 2011 Quezon City Regional Trial Court resolution that said the alleged officers from the Sumbilla group were not stockholders of Stradcom International Holdings Inc., and therefore had no cause of action against the Stradcom officers led by Quiambao.

The Department of Justice—after an investigation in the wake of the 2010 standoff—ruled that there was clearly an attempt at a forcible takeover by the Sumbilla group and recommended the administrative or disciplinary actions against LTO officials who were found to have connived with them.

In 2011, the LTO filed an interpleader case in Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 222 and cited the pending case against the Quiambao group as the reason for withholding payments to Stradcom Corp.

Soon after the administration of President Aquino came into office, it reportedly ordered the scrapping of the LTO contract with Quiambao, alleging that the deal was disadvantageous to the government.

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  • coladu

    Si Ms. Virgie Torres ay dating Head ng LTO Tarlac. Siay ang tiga asikaso sa lahat ng sasakyan ng Hacienda Luisita pati na ang mga sasakyan ng mga Cojuangco at Aquino. Kasama na dito ang mga imported na sasakyan ni NoyNoy. Di ba mahilig si NoyNoy sa race cars at mga imported fast cars? In short, Virgie Torres knows a lot about the transactions of the Cojuangco-Aquino Family. Samakatuwid, marami siyang alam na ‘SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET” ni NoyNoy. Hindi lang siya KKK. Apat na K iyon hindi tatlo. KORRUPTION sa registro ng mga sasakyan sa Tarlac para sa mga Cojuangco-Aquino at lalaong lalo na sa isang tao na mahilig sa race cars at imported cars.

  • Mark

    Pnoy, tanggalin mo din itong si LTO head Virginia Torres gaya ng ginawa mo sa NIA chief.

    May utang ang gobyerno ng 4Billion sa stradcom for database only? Mukhang may kumita dito at gusto ni LTO head Virginia Torres na makisawsaw sa Tongpats!

  • rohaizat

    Call on Estilito Mendoza to make any Supreme Court decision favorable to your cause. Isang letter lang ni Mendoza sa SC at kahit among final decision yan at kaya niyang paibahin.

  • Ronnie Santos

    ‘The Department of Justice—after an investigation in the wake of the 2010 standoff—ruled that there was clearly an attempt at a forcible takeover by the Sumbilla group and recommended the administrative or disciplinary actions against LTO officials who were found to have connived with them.’

    ang alam ko si virgie torres na kkk ni pnoy ang nag connived para i take over ang operation ng stradcom. bat hanggang ngayon dyan pa din sya sa lto samantala doj na nag utos nyan na kailangan may disciplinary action? yan ba dahil kkk sya ni pnoy? kung si nilo frisco kaya sya ng pag asa nun na hindi kkk baka sinibak na sya. yan ba tuwid na daan pa din ang tawag dyan ng mga yellow armies?

  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    in the end the truth prevails, no matter even hercules covers it with lot of things!!!!
    This show how aquino is very sticky with his friends and KKK even it is a wrongful doing they still show it is right!!!!No matter how you cover the bad things done by other people, still youre covering it, it means something >> very tolerant and brings all these admin people in bad faith and shame.
    is this their straight path towards good governance?!?!!!!Pwe!!

  • tarikan

    Time to fire Virgie, Pres. Noy! You can still use her at gun licensing/permit unit in Camp Crame if you can’t really get rid of her. Or make her as a tournament director in shooting events.

    • spitfire

      Mas inam gawin na lang niyang personal masseuse si Virgin Torres, buti pa.

      • tarikan

        Merun na sya si Dinky Soliman daw hehehe. O pwedeng palitan si Virgie at Dinky hehehe pa! Mga menopause na.

    • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

      gawin na lang target

      • tarikan

        A great idea, yes, make Virgie a target in shooting practice. She must be tied to a post though so she’d not fall off from first salvo.

  • wawa2172

    Now it can be told that the LTO head connived with bogus share holder of Stradcom and attempted a take over of the company databases that caused chaos in its business operation. Noy being a kabarilan of the LTO head Virginia Torres sided with her anomalous decision on Stradcom. With SC decision which upheld the CA and lower court decision, it is now the time for PNoy to fire his appointed LTO for embarrassment she caused on his administration . It must recalled that PNoy has ordered her to take a two-month leave of absence then amid the several controversies surrounding her. She came back to her sit quickly after the issues subsided. So its more of easing the heat on the issues against her. The Palace scrap the LTO contract with Qiambiao thus showing the Torres influence on PNoy as Kabarilan. Stradcom could now sue the Sumbilla group and LTO officers lead by Torres for damages it caused in the business. I just don’t know if Stradcom could also seek damages from the Palace who sided in favor of Torres on the issue with president evidently taking rather more personal decision than official because of his friendship to Torres. Again, Torres should be fired from the LTO. Her administration is associated with inefficiency in licensing, registration and issuance of vehicle stickers.

    • UPnnGrd

      Magaling ata at malambing ang boses nuong binulungan ni Mam Torres si Persidente, siguro ganuon.

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