Land Transportation Office Chief Virginia Torres will be leaving her post this October after 33 years of serving with the government. In an interview on ANC with Torres earlier this morning, she expressed her decision to resign to President Aquino last September 30.
The LTO chief started her career in the government as a career employee. She later worked on up in the ranks, and ultimately appointed to her present post in July 2010. Upon her appointment, she immediately endured flak from critics calling her one of President Aquino’s KKK (kabarilan, kababayan, kaibigan).
In August, a controversy sparked when a video of Torres playing in a casino made its way to the internet. The act was a violation of the Memorandum Circular No. 8 (August 28, 2001) that prohibits all government personnel concerned from entering, staying, and/or playing at the gambling casinos.
The incident met negative remarks from both critics and the public, especially that it contrasted with the Aquino administration’s Daang Matuwid campaign. Despite urging for her resignation at the heat of the investigation, she remained in her post.
Aside from the casino incident, she also faced controversies over a corporate dispute with the information technology provider Stradcom Corp., the delay in releasing the LTO stickers, and the delay of the new license plates.
In a message directed to her successor, she advises that person to remain respectful to the employees in the agency.