Thursday, April 20, 2017
BACOLOD City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Negros Island Region was ordered to act on the case of Sagay City, Negros Occidental residents told to vacate the land where they live.
A certain George Gatinao Sr. filed an ejectment case against Erlinda Villanueva and 11 other residents of Sitio Laroca, Barangay Vito, Sagay City.
Villanueva claimed the Regional Trial Court Branch 60 in Cadiz City has ordered them to leave their properties.
She stressed that Gatinao, who allegedly holds “original certificates of title numbers P17936 and P17942,” is not the rightful owner of the land and that the issuance of the titles is “illegal and spurious.”
For many years, Villanueva said, she and the 11 other residents have been living in the land believing it is a public/government property, a forested area under the administration of the DENR.
The ejectment case surprised them, she said.
Villanueva claimed they already filed a complaint before the DENR questioning how Gatinao acquired titles for the land.
Years have passed, and the DENR has yet to act on their complaint, so they asked the assistance of Task Force Crusaders, she said.
Task Force Crusaders national deputy commander John Chiong wrote DENR secretary Regina Paz Lopez on Feb. 7, seeking investigation into the residents’ case.
Atty. Mary Kristerie Baleva, OIC assistant secretary for legal affairs of the DENR, issued a memo on March 23 asking DENR-Negros director Al Orolfo to act on the case./PN