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HR 1236 - Pangarap Vill May11 2011

HR 1236 - Pangarap Vill May11 2011

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UNLAWFUL ANDVIOLENT DEMOLITION OF HOUSES AND UNWARRANTED SHOOTINGIN PANGARAP VILLAGE, BARANGAYS 181 AND 182, CALOOCAN CITY
UNLAWFUL ANDVIOLENT DEMOLITION OF HOUSES AND UNWARRANTED SHOOTINGIN PANGARAP VILLAGE, BARANGAYS 181 AND 182, CALOOCAN CITY

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Republic of the PhilippinesHOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESQuezon City FIFTEENTH CONGRESSFirst Regular Session HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 1236
 
______________________________________________________________________________Introduced by Reps. TEDDY A. CASIÑO, NERI JAVIER COLMENARES,LUZVIMINDA C. ILAGAN, RAFAEL V. MARIANO, RAYMOND V.PALATINO, ANTONIO L. TINIO and EMMI A. DE JESUS
 
RESOLUTION
 
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT ANINQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, INTO THE UNLAWFUL ANDVIOLENT DEMOLITION OF HOUSES AND UNWARRANTED SHOOTINGIN PANGARAP VILLAGE, BARANGAYS 181 AND 182, CALOOCAN CITY,ALLEGEDLY PERPETRATED BY THE
 
CARMEL DEVELOPMENT INC. (CDI)OWNED BY GREGORIO MA. ARANETA III AND THEIR HIRED SECURITY AGENCY, SECURICOR CORP. WHEREAS,
on April 28, 2011, an indiscriminate shooting rocked the 156-hectare Pangarap Village community in Barangays 181 and 182, CaloocanCity. The incident is the latest of a series of harassment and illegal activitiesconducted by the Gregorio “Greggy” Ma. Araneta III-owned CarmelDevelopment Inc. (CDI) and its hired security agency Securicor Corporation. The said Araneta company had been trying to intimidate and force out theresidents of Pangarap Village to lay claim, clear out the area and turn it intoa commercial business enclave; 
WHEREAS,
reports say that guards from Securicor Corp. opened fire nearthe place where residents were holding a peaceful vigil. A barangay driverwho tried to shield the vigil area with a dump truck was shot on the armwhile a resident was hit on the hand, requiring further surgery to restore itsmotor functions. A minor aged 16 years old was also shot at the jaw;
WHEREAS,
not only was the shooting a criminal offense and a gross displayof disregard for human life and law and order, the demolition itself was donewell beyond the allowed time for demolitions and by a private entity, withoutany designated government agency and local government unit. What is moredisappointing is the reported presence of the Caloocan City Police whichallegedly did nothing to protect the residents;
 
WHEREAS,
most importantly, no demolition can take place, with a pendingcase in the Supreme Court contesting CDI’s ownership of the massive 7,008hectare area. The area, almost half the size of Caloocan City, includesPangarap Village which is part of “Tala Estate,” historically a Leper Colony asdetermined by Commonwealth Act 161. The Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR) itself had filed a case (GR No. 187876) against CDIfor illegally claiming the land. A number of government buildings, schoolsand churches have long been occupying the area;
WHEREAS,
according to the DENR, CDI had failed to prove that it had fullypaid for the land, which is supposedly part of the “Friar Lands,” “over whichthe Government holds title and are not public lands but private orpatrimonial property of the Government and can be alienated only uponproper compliance with Act No. 1120 or the Friar Lands Act.” Not only hadthe company failed to prove the validity of its title, they may have illegallybought it. There was no proof that the original sale was approved by theDirector of Lands and neither was the original owner a current occupant of the land, contrary to Commonwealth Act 32 which stated that only actualand bona fide occupants at the time the land (Friar Lands) was conveyed tothe Government of the Philippine Islands shall be entitled to purchase theland they actually occupy. DENR also asserted that a certain “MacedaReport” had found sufficient basis that Carmel Farms, Inc., adding insult toinjury, illegally encroached upon adjacent property of the government. 
WHEREAS,
among the unlawful activities of CDI and Securicor are theestablishment of private guards’ outposts at every entrance point of Pangarap Village, and the CDI’s prohibition and/or restriction of the entry of construction materials for the construction or repair of the residents’ houses;
 WHEREAS,
“Notices to vacate,” signed by a certain Mike Tome, SecurityManager of CDI, have been distributed to Pangarap Village residents by CDIsecurity guards reportedly armed with M16 and/or M14 rifles. Barangayofficials are in fact being bypassed by these armed private security guardswho are paid to demolish houses past midnight;
WHEREAS,
just recently, the Pangarap Village Tricycle Operators andDrivers’ Association (PV-TODA) was notified of a possible cancellation of theirfranchise, supposedly facilitated by the CDI to further harass and intimidatethe locals;
WHEREAS,
residents have also complained that the CDI have long beenattempting to fence the whole area, in an attempt to pass themselves off asthe real occupants of the land. It suffices to say that the Araneta-owned CDIis engaging in unlawful activities amid its pending case against DENR in theSupreme Court; 

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