A RURAL peasants’ group has accused some influential businessmen and high profile personalities as those behind the illegal titling of vast tracts of lands under the Forest Land Grazing Leased Agreements (FLGLAs) in some areas of Mindanao especially in General Santos City.
The Panaghugpong Mindanao (PM) said it will submit a detailed report about the alleged anomalous activities by the big time land grabbers who are reportedly in cahoots with some top officials of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-12) based in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
“The irony of it is that DENR-12 which is supposedly the lead agency that will protect and defend the interest of the government, is instead creating serious problems that already resulted in the series of unsolved killing incidents in Gensan due to land titling irregularities,” Deo Palma, the group’s secretary- general revealed.
Palma said the modus operandi of the land titling syndicate is to convince the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Region 12 to create and organize the leaders of the B’laan tribes from South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.
The tribesmen would then pose as indigenous claimants of the vast land areas in General Santos City as their ancestral land domain covered under the Forest Land Grazing Leased Agreements (FLGLAs) and Forest Land Grazing Management Agreements (FLGMAs).
As a result, thousands of vast landholdings under FLGLAs and FLGMAs have been encroached by fictitious indigenous tribe claimants through the manipulation of DENR-12 and the NCIP-12 who are under the payroll of the big time and influential personalities in General Santos City.
The DENR and NCIP personnel are reportedly paid millions of pesos by their financiers in exchange of land titles using the tribesmen as fronts.
Documents obtained by The Manila Times showed that among the prominent leased holders of these FLGLAs and FLGMAsin GenSan are RD group of companies, Aguilar Ranch, Sunglao Ranch, Acharon Ranch, Guinto Ranch whose properties were titled under various names who acted as their dummies.
In a previous interview with General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, the owner of the RD Group of Companies claimed that their company acquired the land which are titled from the FLGLAs through a lease holding contract with the government.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mirabueno, who owns an 800 hectare-property in Sitio Tampat in Barangay Tinoto of Maasim town in Sarangani province, said 15-hectares of her property were titled under the name of boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao “while the rest of these vast landholdings were titled under various names.”
“The documents of FLGLAs and FLGMAs which is not alienable and disposable and declared as timber-lands is subject beyond the commerce of man and it cannot be titled to any private individuals or commercial purposes under the provisions of the land acts”, said Datu Tungko Saikol, the current regional executive director of the DENR-12.