Lacson wants alleged undue land redistribution scheme probed


Senator Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–SEN. Panfilo Lacson wants the Senate to look into reported undue redistribution under the government’s land reform program of pieces of property that are otherwise exempted from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

Lacson, in filing Senate Resolution No. 936, has sought an investigation by the Senate committee on agrarian reform into the procedures of the Department of Agrarian Reform to acquire and distribute lands under the CARP.

“It appears that unscrupulous individuals with spurious documents were able to title lands belonging to private individuals with the cooperation of some officials of DAR and the Register of Deeds despite failure to conform with the procedures mandated by law,” Lacson said in his resolution.

He added there is a need to look into this matter “to prevent the DAR from short-circuiting the process to the detriment of the owners of lands,” and to the prejudice of farmer beneficiaries whose ownership of the land will be disputed.

Lacson cited one case where 211,500 square meters of private land in Sibulan town in Negros Oriental was titled to the Republic of the Philippines under TCT No. T-35306 and subsequently transferred to several persons under Transfer Certificate of Title No. 702.

He said the CARP coverage was consummated despite the fact that the registered owners were not notified of the hearings undertaken by the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARO).

Lacson said the registered owners also weren’t furnished copies of the Investigative Report of said MARO regarding the said property.

“It also appeared that DAR overlooked the fact that said property lies within a geothermal reservation per Proclamation No. 1413 issued by President Marcos and sustained by Executive Order No. 223 of President Corazon Aquino which exempts it from the coverage of CARL,” Lacson said.

Lacson said the private owners of the land were deprived of their ownership and possession of their property through a “surreptitious and highly questionable proceeding” undertaken by the MARO.

The senator, a former PNP chief now in his last months in office as a senator, said the agrarian reform program is founded on the right of landless farmers and farm workers to own directly or collectively the lands they till or to receive a share of the harvest thereof.

“However, its implementation is being marred with numerous problems resulting in a slow pace of the distribution of the lands to the farmer beneficiaries,” Lacson said.

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  • observer1356

    Dapat lang! Tingnan naman natin ngayon kung itong mga top & middle level government officers na matagal nang involved sa ‘virtual land-grabbing’ ay mapaparusahan…

  • Mattino2011

    Ang tanong, kanino papanig si Pnoy, if mapatunayan may alam ang kasalukuyan DAR secretary. Sisibakin niya o si Lacson ang di niya pakikingan.

  • Fred

    Anomalya na naman!

  • J

    MAROmi magtrabaho.

  • ramelatilano

    wait mga kabaro hindi pa sinabi ni Lacson kung kailan nangyari yun ha ha ha….pero tama yan may batas tayo para kanino ba yan….kung agrabyado ang may ari…sisigaw ang may ari…pero tingnan nyo rin ang hacienda luisita …ang mga sumisigaw ay farmer daw…??? sino ba sila…taga roon ba talaga sila…kailan ba sila nandoon sa lugar na yon umangking ha ha ha …baka tama rin si Lacson na mayroong kalokohan…ha ha ha…ang may ari at yung mga taong nag kukunyari ha ha ha…  kawawa naman ang may ari…ang sumisigaw…nagkukuyari…ha ha ha …halimbawa dyan si mariano….farmer ba yan…benificiary ba talaga sya….o may interest lang sila para guluhin ang sistema para at the end gobyerno ang mali ha ha ha…o mayroon opisyal talaga na ganun ha ha ha

  • joshua kings

    heto na naman si puwing laksong, panibagong expose eh wala namang nangyayari….puro hangin lang…di kaya kinakabag ito?
    ayusin mo muna yung bata mong si manantan na nagkalat sa quezon…hayun, nahaharap sa kasong multipol murder.
    at saka, di ba dapat mong ikuwento sa bayan ay kung saan ka nagtago nung pinaghahanap ka ni gloria?  at least baka maniwala ang bayan sayo dyan….

  • sakinlang

    Kudos to Sen. Lacson for his good intention of exposing anomalies in government. Ang dami na po ninyong expose, ang dami na rin po ninyong resolutions at ang dami na rin po ninyong pinaimbestigahan. Pero Sir, pakiusap lang po, pwede po ba may tapusin naman kayo! Lagi na lang umpisa, wala nang natapos!

  • mon key

    there are more of that kind of anomalies in Negros Oriental ! ! ! If Senator Lacson will be serious enough to look into these, then he will find out who is behind the scam. It’s some one inside the senate.

  • JasonBieber

    Maybe you should have a word with your buddy PNoy on this issue. Wrong people are receiving land but the poor farmer remain landless. Many of them have been promised their land since last year but still no distribution had occurred. I don’t know if they are moving slow on distribution or being delayed by the people in charge…but again the fact still remains that the correct land distribution is not happening. An example of this no distribution is the Hacienda Luisita land owned by Aquino and his family.

  • agustin

    This is also happening  in the province of Negros Occidental.

  • iping2sison

    It happened also in Lingayen, Pangasinan where corrupt officials of DAR connived with land grabbers. 

  • disqusted0fu

    They should address DAR Sec. De Los Reyes, who still has Pnoy’s trust despite inaction for land distribution. First subject at hand is the distribution of Hacienda Luisita where bogus names of beneficiaries allegedly appeared and even names of workers of the Cojuangco clan. Pnoy is continuing the protection of Hacienda Luisita from distribution that his mother, late Cory Aquino, had also protected well.

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