Davao court dismisses case filed vs UP-Mindanao

Subscribe Now February 10, 2016 at 10:15am

A Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge here has dismissed the civil suit filed by Davao farmers against the University of the Philippines (UP)-Mindanao involving an area where an P8-billion sports complex is set to be built by UP and the city government.

RTC Branch 17 Presiding Judge Evalyn Arellano-Morales junked the specific performance case lodged by 117 Bago Oshiro Farmers Association Inc. against UP after learning that another civil suit involving the same property was pending before the RTC Branch 11.

The case involved the more than two million square-meter lot presently occupied by UP-Mindanao, which is part of the one-million-hectare lot previously owned by Japanese firm Otha Development Company.

In their complaint, the farmers claimed they have occupied the lot since 1946 and they were on the process of the titling the land when the government gave the lot to UP in 1995.

The farmers said they were not informed of an order issued by then President Fidel V. Ramos on July 3, 1996 when he signed Proclamation No. 822, segregating 2,044,312 square meters to UP.

Worse, they claimed the lots they have been occupying were the ones given by the Board of Liquidators to UP.

The Board of Liquidators is the administrator of the property after the government took it from the Japanese firm in 1946.

Source: mb.com.ph

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