Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima cautioned the public against booking cheap travel packages being offered by certain travel agencies.
The statement was issued as the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court Branch 211 convicted for Estafa a General Manager of a travel agency.
In a five-page Decision, the Court found Dennis Co, General Manager of Empress Royal Tours and Travel Services (formerly DRC Holiday International Travel and Tours & Consultant SVC Co.) guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of Estafa under Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code.
He was sentenced to suffer an Indeterminate Penalty of six months and one day of Prision Correccional as minimum to ten years two months and one day of Prision Mayor as maximum.
The Information alleged that on June 9, 2011, Co represented to one John Karl Cornista that "he could secure airline tickets for three (3) passengers bound for Canada for P105,000." The accused, however, was not able to procure the airline tickets "neither was he able to refund said amount."