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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Marcos family loses Paoay property

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The Sandiganbayan has junked the claim of the Marcos family to a 57.68-hectare lakeside resort property in Barangay Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

In a 33-page decision dated April 21, 2014, the Sandiganbayan voided a 1978 lease agreement between then President Ferdinand Marcos and the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA).
“The Paoay Lake and lands within one kilometer from its water line… was declared to be a national park and therefore considered public land. These were, therefore, outside the commerce of man.”

With the Paoay resort out of the Marcoses’ jurisdiction, the Sandiganbayan also ruled that the 154 lots, as well as the structures covered by the abovementioned deal are all property of the Philippine government.

The Sandiganbayan advised the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to act promptly to recover the properties through the Land Management Bureau (LMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Court records showed that no less than 79 lots in the questioned property are already under free patents or have pending free patent applications by Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and her children.  

More than half of the lots already have approved and/or pending patent applications by the Marcos heirs and other persons.

Aside from the lots, the anti-graft court also transferred the Malacañang Ti Amianan, Maharlika Hall building, Suba Sports Complex, the Old Motor Pool, swimming pools, tennis court and an 18-hole golf course to state jurisdiction and placed under the control of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.

Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

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Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).

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