• Stradcom loses ‘emission’ case at CA

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    THE Court of Appeals (CA) has rejected the plea of information technology firm Stradcom Corp. to overturn a ruling by a Quezon City court favoring an emission testing company.

    In a 12-page decision penned by Associate Justice Manuel Barrios and concurred in by Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao and Normandie Pizarro, the Court’s Special Second Division denied the petition for certiorari filed by Stradcom to set aside orders dated December 7, 2010 and March 23, 2011 of then Judge Henri Jean-Paul Inting of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 95 that granted the issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction against the IT firm.

    The case stems from the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed on January 20, 2006 between Stradcom and PETC IT Inc. to develop the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) IT system.

    PETC IT was involved in smoke emission tests in Malolos, Bulacan, and successfully uploaded results to the LTO IT system being run by Stradcom.

    The relationship of the two firms turned sour when PETC IT failed to comply with some of its obligations stated in the MOA, particularly the submission of its audited financial statements and general information sheets.

    Stradcom said PETC IT failed to maintain the deposit requirement, and threatened to cancel the agreement.

    In November 2010, PETC IT went before Inting, who later issued a writ of preliminary injunction against Stradcom. The IT firm went to the appellate court after Inting denied its motion for reconsideration.

    The CA said the writ was not meant to dispose the case without trial, but only prevented Stradcom from canceling the MOA.

    The Court also said Inting “did not commit grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction in issuing the assailed orders.”

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    1. Senator Loren Legarda should investigate rumors circulating around PUJ drivers that LGU Smoke Emission Test Units are selling official receipts to free smoke belching vehicles from apprehension good and renewable every 3 months for P300. If this is true, Sen. Legarda as head of the Senate Environment Committee, should move to abolish the Smoke Belching Law.