VACC national officials slapped with cyber libel and libel cases

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ANGELES CITY, Pampanga — The national president and chairman of the Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) are now facing 10 counts of cyber libel and two counts of libel.

The said cases were filed against Arsenio “Boy” Evangelista and Cory Quirino, national president and chairman respectively of the group, at the Prosecutors Office of the Angeles City Hall of Justice on Wednesday by VACC Central Luzon coordinator Pyra Lucas.

In a press conference on Thursday at Max’s restaurant in Balibago in this city, Lucas claimed that Evangelista and Quirino were allegedly illegally holding the positions of national president and chairman of VACC.

Evangelista allegedly publicly claimed that she was removed from her position as regional coordinator of VACC due to anomalous transactions.

Lucas cited newspaper and social media reports in April 2019 wherein Evangelista allegedly claimed that she was removed from VACC as regional coordinator because of complaints claiming that she was demanding P2.2 million from a couple so that they could expedite and have a favorable decision on their Petition for Review on a rape case filed at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Evangelista allegedly showed to mediamen a VACC board resolution forbidding Lucas to represent the group and at the same time a resolution claiming that she is no longer a member of the group.

Lucas denied the allegations of Evangelista and claimed that the VACC hierarchy has not yet even released until now a copy of the said board resolution and added that not a single case was filed against her in contrast to the news reports that came out at that time.

Lucas pointed out that the said news reports were merely accusations out to discredit her because of the illegal activities that she has discovered against some VACC officials.

Lucas also exposed also several anomalous transactions involving VACC officials that involved a land dispute on the ancestral domain of the Aetas, and indigenous peoples in Porac, Pampanga, illegal quarry operations, among others.

Because of the anomalous transactions that they have discovered, Lucas is urging her colleagues at the VACC to immediately call for a general assembly and asked Evangelista and Quirino to step down so that their advocacy against crime and corruptions may once again move forward on a clear path.

She pointed out that the two have no legal basis to occupy the said positions as she explained that no election of officers was conducted during their general assembly in October 2018 and the self-appointed officials merely locked themselves in a conference room and when they came out of the room announced the set of officials for the national positions.

These actions are against the VACC by-laws, Lucas stressed and raised the need to have an election for the national positions of the VACC using the right process so as to prevent the growing number of demoralization among its ranks. (ROND BALITA Online)

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