• PCGG files appeal over junked Payanig claim

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    THE Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has filed an appeal before Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) after the Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) junked its ownership claim of the disputed 18.5-hectare property known as Payanig sa Pasig.

    The PCGG made the disclosure expressing belief that MTC erred and failed to appreciate the certification issued by Land Registration Authority (LRA) that would have strengthened the government’s ownership claim over that property.

    The PCGG maintained that Payanig property rightly belongs to the government despite the absence of the original title following LRA issuance of certificate attesting that land certificate of title under the possession of the Commission is authentic and true copy of original title certificate of the said property.

    The MTC dismissed PCGG’s petition after finding lack of merit and failure to support its claim of ownership on the said property.

    Earlier, the PCGG filed an ejectment case against 10 private business owners who were leasing portions of the surrendered properties and paying rent to Blemp Commercial, which is highly associated with former Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson of Ilocos Sur.

    Blemp is also claiming ownership of Payanig property alleging that they acquired the same even before it was surrendered to the PCGG by Jose Campos, known crony of for­mer President Ferdinand Marcos as part of his ill-gotten wealth.

    Campos surrendered the said property in exchange from immunity from suit after the former president was ousted in what is now known as the People Power EDSA I revolution in 1986.

    The PCGG vowed to take case even before the Supreme Court should the RTC or the Court of Appeal rule against the Commission’s claim to protect the govern­ment’s interest.

    Neil A. Alcober

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