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Vicky and Henry
Vicky and Henry Sumbillo South Salon Henry and Vicky Sumbillo used south salon to steal millions from investors, because she was about to get caught s
4th of Dec, 2010 by User440972
I found this on the net, I use to be a client of Vicky and Henry sumbillo of south salon. I was not happy because I would come in for a haircut and vicky would just talk and talk and my bill would end of being over 5000 pesos! and plus she doesnt issues receipts!! for years now!! Not only does she rob the goverment of taxes due to the government, regarding this business deal with Jose Luis she used her clients money to make money but when she was about to get caught she used her friend for 15 years and escape goat, this is a shame....

Unfortunately, in mid-2008 two of Lifeline's founding members, Enrique (Henry) and Vicky Sumbillo, who had had a successful salon business in Alabang and who had committed to operate the salon at Serenity Place, reneged on our mutual agreements and pulled out of the businesses. They had borrowed money for the construction of the buildings at Serenity Place and were demanding that the money be returned. That money had already been poured into the construction of the buildings and was impossible to pull out. The Sumbillos were given PDC's and we continued with payments on the monies that were borrowed for the project.

Things got ugly when, because of money and other issues, Henry and Vicky Sumbillo turned their backs on the businesses and it affected Lifeline Foundation. This started when Vicky Sumbillo gave an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer which came out in an article on April 26, 2008, where what she said would have had serious consequences for Serenity Place. When confronted, Vicky Sumbillo insisted that the writer of the article misrepresented her. But we heard directly from the writer and one of the editors of the Inquirer that the interview had been recorded and Vicky Sumbillo said exactly what was written in the newspaper. Vicky Sumbillo got very angry and offended--that was the beginning of the end of a 15-year friendship.

Why did this affect Mrs Sumbillo so deeply? Later on we began to piece together the truth of what really happened. Two of the people who lent money to Vicky Sumbillo to put into the businesses told us that they were only receiving small interest payments.

Since separating themselves from us the Sumbillos have increasingly directed unfounded and baseless angry action at us, specifically aimed at Jose Luis Gonzalez, our Director. All the while our payments continued, and we noticed a pattern that showed bad faith on their part--they would hold on to several months' worth of checks, then deposit them right before they became stale, and always around payday. We strongly feel that this was done in the intent that some or all of the checks would bounce, giving them a reason to file for BP22, the bouncing check law. However, they were unsuccessful. This went on for a year and a half.

Truth is, if anyone had cause for anger it is us whom the Sumbillos left hanging. We forged on with the plan for Serenity Place-- finding funds to finish, equip and staff Sujiivana Salon for the sake of Lifeline, at our own considerable expense. They left us, and we had to fill in the hole they left, financially and otherwise. However, we let it be an amicable parting, never speaking ill of them, only wishing them well. And for our kindness, they have repaid us with unfounded lawsuits and increasingly stressful harassment.

A year and a half down the road, the bank we were using changed systems, and informed its clients that they were upgrading the accounts to a new check-issuing system that would make it easier for us to keep track of all our checks. The bank closed our accounts, and reopened new accounts. From this new account, we issued replacement checks, and left them at the bank for the Sumbillos to pick up.

We alerted them in writing, and requested they surrender the old checks, and pick up the new checks. Even the account officer at the bank asked them to pick up the new checks. This they refused to do. Fully knowing our old account was closed, they still deposited numerous checks from that account, which of course got stamped "closed account", which they then used to file these outrageous charges against us.

In October 2009, the Sumbillos wrote a letter to the NBI, charging Lifeline directors Jose Luis Gonzalez and Candace Schmidt, founding members Robert Mesa, Marisa Recto, Arlene Diaz and Consuelo Gonzalez with syndicated estafa, money laundering, among many other accusations. The respondents were never asked to appear at the NBI to give their side. Without due process, the case was directly filed at the City Prosecutor's Office at Muntinlupa. We found ourselves being threatened that as a result, Jose Luis Gonzalez would surely go to jail no matter what evidence we presented.

Two months later, in December of 2009, the NBI wrote to the Department of Justice to issue a watch list order without rightful cause for the following people (respondents): Jose Luis Gonzalez, Candace Schmidt Gonzalez, Arlene Diaz, Robert Mesa. It was very interesting to note that Marisa Recto, who is the sister of Senator Ralph Recto, was not included in the watch list, and another person not included was Consuelo Gonzalez, mother of Jose Luis Gonzalez.

In March of this year the first Resolution came out dismissing all charges except BP22, which was not included in the original charges at the NBI.

From March to September of this year, Motions for Reconsideration and Oppositions from both parties were submitted to the City Prosecutor's Office. Fiscal Eliza Sarmiento-Flores who has a reputation for justice and fairness, was removed from the case due to the insistence of complainants' counsel and lawyer.

Also in September, another Resolution came out reversing the initial Resolution of Fiscal Flores and City Prosecutor Togonon. The previously dismissed estafa charge against Jose Luis Gonzalez was added. All charges against the other respondents were dismissed. Fiscal Baybay, one of City Prosecutor Togonon's reviewers, handled the new resolution. Why was the case removed from Fiscal Flores' hands and transferred to Fiscal Baybay in particular? Why would Chief Prosecutor Togonon reverse himself?

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