OFFICIALS of urban poor group Coalition for Reform Against Fake Titles (CRAFT) have revealed the proliferation of more than 5,455 fake land titles in General Santos City.
Andy Rosales, CRAFT’s interim convenor, has taken to task all concerned government officials to take appropriate legal actions and file charges against those behind the scam.
Rosales told The Manila Times that the actions of Judge Panambulan Mimbisa of GenSan’s Regional Trial Court Branch 37, who hears the cases relative to the fake land titles are now closely being followed by the city residents.
“All the eyes of GenSan people are on him (Judge Mimbisa), waiting for his decision on September 22, 2014, in a landmark case that involved one Original Certificate of Title (OCT) of a 973-hectare lot in GenSan that was cancelled, albeit fraudulently, and was subsequently superseded by a fake Transfer of Certificate of Title (TCT)” Rosales said.
He added that the fake TCT spawned more than 5,455 bogus certificates of title victimizing thousands of innocent buyers.
Rosales said the Department of Public Works and Highways , was also duped by the land syndicate into paying an initial P135 million for the right of way for public roads that passed through the contested property.