Vice President Binay: Torres notorious landgrabber



Who is Wilfredo S. Torres?

The group of Torres, who is now claiming ownership of 24 hectares of prime property in Quezon City, is on the government watch list of professional squatting syndicates, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Tuesday.

“Based on the reports received by HUDCC, Torres is ‘notorious’ for alleged land-grabbing, organized squatting and other illegal activities,” said Binay, the country’s housing czar.

Quoting the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the National Drive Against Professional Squatters and Squatting Syndicates (NDAPSSS), Binay said the “Wilfredo S. Torres Group” was on the list of reported squatting syndicates.

Binay also directed the HUDCC and the NDAPSSS to assist the homeowners and school officials threatened by eviction arising from Quezon City court rulings transferring ownership of the 24-hectare prime property in the city to Torres.

“I have instructed HUDCC to assist to the fullest possible extent those who were affected by the court’s decision to transfer ownership of their property to Torres,” Binay said. “We will assist them in their pursuit of justice.”

He said the group’s modus operandi included using Pinagcamaligan Indo-Agro Development Corp.’s Titulo de Propriedad (TP) No. 4136; multiple selling of parcels of land in Wiltor Heights in Quezon City, using Transfer of Certificate Title No. 118192, which had been voided; illegal occupation of housing units in Pag-Ibig’s Mabuhay Homes 2000 in Binangonan, Rizal province; and illegal occupation of property in Sitio Paenaan, Baras, Rizal.

Also citing HUDCC reports, Binay said several cases had been filed against Torres for land fraud as far back as 2003.

“This Torres has been the subject of several court cases filed by private complainants, but it appears that these cases require special attention considering the harm that these syndicates inflict on ordinary Filipinos who worked hard to buy their own homes,” he said.

Binay asked the Department of Justice (DoJ) to consider forming a task force that would focus on handling cases against squatting syndicates.

He also directed the NDAPSSS to submit the results of its monitoring of the cases against Torres and other syndicates on their list. He, however, said NDAPSSS was not prosecuting cases.

“This is why I feel it is important that the DOJ organize a task force just to handle cases against squatting syndicates,” he said.

Torres was named by the Philippine National Police in 2006 as the head of “one of the biggest gangs of professional land-grabbers in the country” after his group purportedly collected money from residents who believed that he owned sprawling agricultural lands in Guinyangan, Quezon province.

Torres was also the subject of a police investigation over charges of land-grabbing involving huge tracts of land in Bulacan province and Rizal in 2004. Torres’ group had also allegedly operated in Lucena City, Muntinlupa City, Taguig City and Cavite province.

Torres, however, claimed he owned a 78,000-hectare estate covering the contested areas, having purchased the property from the late Don Ignacio Conrado in 1962.

‘King of squatters’

Mike Defensor, then HUDCC chair, identified Torres in 2004 as a leader of a “professional squatting syndicate,” but Torres responded that his “conscience is clear.”

“During Marcos’ time, I was usually referred to as the king of squatters because I championed their cause, I gave them their own properties,” Torres told the Inquirer.

Torres was arrested in March 2005 to face various cases filed by the National Task Force Against Professional Squatters and Squatting Syndicates under the HUDCC.

The DOJ also issued a resolution finding Torres and his agents guilty of 17 counts of falsification of public documents and violation of Section 27 of the Urban and Housing Development Act, particularly on professional squatting.

Then Vice President Noli de Castro said Torres’ group had falsified public documents, organized urban poor associations as fronts and presented a list of people claiming to be community leaders who were allegedly backed by certain government officials.

Not much is known about Torres’ personal life, but in one interview, he claimed that his mother was a cousin of Francisco Sumulong, a senator and leading politician in his time.

Conviction, pardon

Court records show that Torres was convicted of two counts of estafa by the Court of First Instance of Manila sometime before 1979. The convictions were affirmed by the Court of Appeals.

Torres’ maximum sentence was to expire on Nov. 2, 2000, but he was granted conditional pardon in April 1979 by then President Ferdinand Marcos on condition that he would “not again violate any of the penal laws of the Philippines.”

However, in September 1986, President Corazon Aquino canceled Torres’ conditional pardon, upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Parole as he was convicted of sedition and charged with 20 counts of estafa.

Torres was then arrested to serve the unexpired portion of his sentence in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. But he was pardoned by President Fidel Ramos.

Last year, Torres lost in his election bid for Rizal governor. He ran under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan party. Reports from TJ Burgonio; Lawrence de Guzman, Inquirer Research; and Marlon Ramos

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  • Anonymous

    If such is the case, the judiciary should investigate the judges that cleared the way fro Torres.   

  • Anonymous

    kung totong land grabber ang taong ito ay bakit hindi kasuhan at ipakulong. Baka may taga pagtanggol at kapit kaya hindi makasuhan.

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha.. how could a liar and land grabber like him be pardoned? who’s protecting Torres?
    So now, we are again faced with a problem that never seems to die.

  • Anonymous

    We have a list of squatting syndicates. Hanggang dyan lang ang nagagwa ng gobyerno. Paggawa ng list.

    • Atilla

      at task force :D kaw naman o…

  • Monsi Serrano

    It takes one to know one VP Binay. Kaya nga maraming squatter sa Makati kahit sa loob ng San Antonio Vilage, Santiago Village etc. Ganyan kami sa Makati, ganya din po sa buong Pilipinas… :-)

  • ChameleonO

    Simply said, there is a syndicate involved in squatting and land-grabbing. Run after this group, Mr. Vice-President. Your success is a small step in Philippine justice run by many hoodlum in robes and a giant step to the Presidency.


    Ma impluwensya ito, dalawang president nag pardon sa kanya, Marcos at Ramos,  siguradong  milyones ang lagay dito.

  • Anonymous

    bigay na lahat ng lupa kay torres. lahat na inangkin niya. then ipakain lahat sa kanya. matakaw tong ahas na to

  • jj

    With the pronouncement of no less than the VP of the Phils, I think the National Govt should prioritize the effective neutralization, arrest and prosecution of this menace to Society…

  • J

    He can’t do land-grabbing alone.
    Why the heck ex-Pres Ramos pardoned him? For what reason? Was he out of his freaking mind?
    Torres must be fully, fully, fully loaded and perhaps richer than Henry Sy!
    = 78000 hectares x 10,000 sqm/hectare x Php500 per sq. meter / Php42/$
    = $9.2 Billion!!!!!!!!  (at least from my POV)
    Man we have the biggest croc the whole world have ever had!
    With this money he can surely make anybody’s mouth shut in a second even the VP’s!

  • Patrick

    Can somebody assassinate this Torres guy already. What a slime ball!

    • Edzel

      Huwag naman. Amoy lupa na yan at konti na lang ang itatagal sa world. Torres, huwag kang tulog ng tulog at sandali na lang ang itatagal mo sa lupa. You will soon meet your look-alike with matching sungay at buntot.

      • LC Lode

        Wala kayang anak yan, o apo?  Sabi ng mga Pilipino, “Matagal mamatay ang masamang damo – maraming ugat! Pati ugat nakarating sa LRC/LRA at mga Korte! Gising na po ba si Pnoy? 

  • Anonymous

    Binay et al. The joke’s on you….tingnan natin husay mo ke torres….

  • Anonymous

    First, yung court  TRO pabor kay Delfin Lee ng Globe Asiatique.
    Then, itong titulo ni Torres na bigay ng Korte.

    We really have the best judges that money can buy.

  • Anonymous

    a crocodile named torres

  • Anonymous

    Reminder :  – Let us SEE this case in good perspective…Who knows the general public will learn LOT from it?
    Point 1 – TORRES mother SUMULONG are owners of vast land in Rizal ,QC, NCR etc.
    Point 2 – TORRES claim are supported with TITLES issued by LRA and its claim is awarded by Courts.
    Point 3 – The conflicting ISSUE now is the reconstitution of the TITLES and of which SALE to the Alino’s declared VOID because of none completed payment and the certification from LRA that DUPLICATE true copy of the Original TITLE was FORGE?
    Point 4 – NOW, existing improvements on the subject LAND who are against TORRES Bought their lands from the Alino’s which the court decided NOT legitimate owners and whose TITLE source are that from TORRES?
    Point 5 – My GOD, if TORRES is not the Owner based on Forge Title as LRA says THEN the sale to the Alino’s is VOID from the beginning which clearly meant the Alino’s were not the owner also?
    Point 6 – Then WHO is the REAL owner as no other 3rd PARTY claim forward…Should no other 3rd party then TORRES mother was the conclusive owner and could this mean IGNORANCE on the part of the BUYER now existing?.The law is HARD and its ignorance excuses no one they say?

    • Anonymous

      No, the news failed to report that the titles of the current owners of the land did not come from the titles of Wilfredo torres nor the Alinos. but rather, of the original and legal owners of the land. Home owners of the affected areas each have a title, which originated from the original land owners (not Torres or Alino), which Wilfredo Torres is now claiming as part of the “7 titles” he has forged.

    • Anonymous

      Weh? Di nga?

  • Che

    Akalain mo, panahon pa ni Marcos nag ooperate na itong sindikato. May conviction record na and yet hanggang ngayon ganun pa rin.At merong judge na pumabor pa sa modus nitong taong ito. Our justice system really needs an overhaul and make sure that convicted criminals stays in jail to prevent them from doing again and again the same crimes. Kakainis. And to VP Binay, sir, alam ko sa inyong kapasidad at kakayahan kaya nyong ipa-prosecute ang mga ganitong tao at siguraduhing di na makapaminsala sa mga kapwa nating Filipino na naghihirap para lang magkaron ng sariling lupang matitirhan.

  • Micael Chino De Leon

    Torres is a CROOK.The people there have been living in decades, suddenly this CROOK pops up from nowhere.He Probably has a a “BIG FISH” backing him up!He should be SHOT.He’s trying to grab land that hard working people w/ their hard earned money bought and owned.and the people he is trying to throw out are obviously not squatting on “HIS SO-CALLED LAND”. These kinds of MAGGOTS clearly shows how far behind and centuries ago our country’s state is in.”CORRUPT OFFICIALS BEING PARTIAL TO THE DEVIL HIMSELF IN EXCHANGE FOR MONEY!”

  • Anonymous

    My suggestion to the current occupants, BAND TOGETHER and hire a major law firm that can out-influence or out-gun this Torres. And by all means, don’t allow him to take possession, even if it means getting injured. Once he takes possession, it’s game over.

    You have to go all out when you’re up against an enemy this big. To beat an operator, you have to think like one.

    • Santa Barbara

      These lawyers are soooo expensive and the SC judges can be bought. Look what is happening to multi million properties in Boracay- the courts are the land-grabbers tool to success!!!!  I do hope the R-Noy government can undo what Gloria spawned…a battery of corrupt judges especially in the CA, they are bought and they retire. It has happened to us twice in one case alone. Now, we are squatted on by an influential socialite who says” I hold the key to the judges”…….of the SC!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Mr.  Binay confirmed this guy, Torres, is not just an ordinary landgrabber but a notorious landgrabber.  Okay, we read you loud and clear.  Now, let us see WHAT can you do to catch this slimy eel and charge him in the court of law.  But please do not imitate Lacson who blows only hot air with no substance.  You are the vice-president of this country and you owe a great deal to the Filipino people.  We rely on your honor as you had pledged to the people to render them services.  Go after this person and put an end to his “plundering ways!” And take along with him those judges whose allegiance is not with the Republic but to the thick bundles of money!  Good luck!     

  • Raul Matienzo

    Dapat isama na rin si Torres dung sa nahuling buwaya ng agusan. Sama sama na sila don.

  • Anonymous

    Binay wag ka na magdadakdak, kung may ebidensya kasuhan sa korte wag puro press release at pogi points malayo pa ang election. Noong una inabsuelto mo na si Noli sa Asiatique scam. Unahin mo muna sina Delfin Lee dahil milyong membro ng PAG-IBIG ang naagrabiyado.

  • Anonymous

    Knowing Binay, di kaya kailangan lang niya ng malaking lagay kaya niya pinuna si Torres? After all paano siya nagkaroon ng malaking lupain sa Padre Garcia? Si Binay ang isa sa pinaka ganid na pulitiko sa Pilipinas ngayon. 
    Naguumpisa pa lamang siya sa Makati noong 1990, sampung milyong dolyar agad ang hiningi niyang lagay sa Singaporean hotel chain na itinatayo sa kanto ng Ayala at Makati Ave…..

  • Anonymous

    Mga ganitung pagkakataon sasabihin mo, asan na ang mga Vigilante!…

  • Santa Barbara

    Land-grabbing is on a roll in Boracay. A socialite and her son happens to squat illegally on very expensive property and that the police, military is aiding in this operation. In fact, the local LGU’s are as well.  We do hope Torre’s action, and Vice Binay’s recommendation to the DOJ will uncover this massive, destructive, potentially another Maguindanao to happen in Boracay.

  • Anonymous

    I think Torres should come along in one of his land grabbing event.Then sana magkaroon ng shoot-out…tamaaan sana

  • Anonymous

    Wow! The pot calling the kettle black. Hilarious. If only the presidential motives were’nt horrifically obvious.

  • Edzel

    If I remember right, This Wilfredo Torres is the same guy who land grab portions of Boso-Boso in Antipolo.

  • Anonymous

    Pansin ko lang wala na yung maingay na si antonioluna dito sa comment thread na ito nung binisto si Torres ni Binay na nasa watch list. Napahiya ka na ba pare? :D

  • LC Lode

    Galing na ba sa Bilibid si “POT” your calling?  I am only curious!  This is due to the fact that the issue raised here did not happen only in Metro Manila where descendants of this kind of injustices by Corruptly Minded people and perhaps to include those Concerned Government Officials are truly sufferring to raise their homestead.  I just defend the case of a friend of mine who resists costs in Courts!

  • Imo

    Marami rin mandodoktor ng titulo sa RD and LRA. Sa paranaque area meron rin kahintulad ng sa qc marami rin tatamaan na subdivision hindi ko na lang babanggitin ang maghahabol pero kumpleto papales deed of sale, disisyon ng husgado nun 70s pa. Siguro ang kailangan habulin nina torres and rodriguez like the subdivisions ay yun mga nagdevelop not the homeowners if ever.

  • Pulis Na Pogi

    disbar the judges who believed him!

  • Don Torero

    sa mga nangyayaring kabulastugan dito sa metro manila, sana lang si Duterte namamayani dito sa maynila dahil siguradong hindi tatagal yang Torres na yan

  • Jiao Takamdemare

    Matagal na palang naminsala itong si Torres sa ating lipunan.  Ang tanong ay bakit ngayon lang ito pinansin at bakit napardon ito ni tabako?  My speculation is that baka nagdonate ito sa campaign ni tabako nuon kaya ang kapalit ay pardon.  Ngayon, naminsala na naman siya.  Dapat na ngang pagtuunan ng pansin ito.  We must all be vigilant.  Bantayan natin ang galaw ng ungas na ito.

  • Isgod Mac

    If someone can just issue a fatwa against this Torres guy and offer a lucrative reward, sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, I’m sure maraming papatos.

  • Anonymous

    Ramos pardoning Torres must be placed under microscope since the late president have a propensity for associating with famous “land” owners, whether illegal or legal, it doesn’t matter.

    • Anonymous

      @RomyLitz “…the late president…” patay na ba si Fidel Ramos??? Hanep!!

      • Anonymous

        Ay tama, buhay pa pala si Lolo FVR, dapat “former” hindi “late” !! he he he! What I mean, patay na yan pag ma-imbestigahan uli, quiet a reminiscing of Sagusisag Commission by Erap?

      • Anonymous

        Patay na yata. Na-choke ng tabako na bigay ni Torres hehehe, shesheshe. Pardon my French or yung pardon ni Torres magkano ba yun?

  • J

    Ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw.
    Ang land-grabber galit sa kapwa land-grabber.
    Ang land grabber at magnanakaw ay mag-kapwa!

  • earl pojol

    i’ll donate 50 rounds of  .45 cal FMJs, will someone please get rtid of this landgrabber

  • Third

    Calling on the NPA. If you want serve your countrymen, you might want to consider intervening in this long-standing scam.

    • Patrick

      This is truly the type of person the NPA would be killing right about now. I know they have killed people for much less offenses. 

  • Eduardo Paunel

    calling all vigilante groups: kill this sob!

  • romel

    asan na sina Teddy Casino at Renato Reyes???? ano masasabi mo Lagman at Bongbong???

  • Anonymous

    Hehehe, yung magnanakaw kilala yung langrabber.

    • ryan andres

      hahahaha…natawa ako dun pards! tama ka…

  • John Tamad

    Let’s use the land he wants to grab to bury him alive in.

  • cool

    Judges too. We got an experienced the Pasay Judge took the property of our relatives, The Judge auction the property and bougth it for himself, the judge is retiring at the time it happened…even my relatives is paying all those property taxes, they auction it. My relatives went to court she lost and now it is in the hand of a Court of appeal. Are you safe in the Philippines? a big NO, to be a a pilipino you are not safe because of the corrupt judges, cops, the politician and government workers. My relatives own the property for a long time and it worth to 5 million more. then the Judge said he bought it in the auction for 150Thousand… it’s killing me, This is the truth.

  • Anonymous

    mga NPA, yan c torres ang dapat nyong likidahin dahil ang daming mga masang pilipino ang biniktima nya, kung talagang sundalo  kayo at protektor ng mahihirap…isama nyo n rin ang judge n corrupt…

    • Anonymous

      paano nila likidahin si torres ay si torres nga ang nagtatanggol ng karapatan ng mga mahihirap, ang hirap kasi dito sa atin kapag mga squatters ang denidemolish okey lang tanggap ng gobyerno na yurakan ang karapatan ng mahihirap, pero kapag ang mga mayayaman sa subdivision at may pera ang pinapalayas sa lupang hindi naman sa kanila sasabihin ng gobyerno sindikato yung nagpapalayas, ano ba itong lipunan natin, lipunan ba ng mayayaman ito, at si torres na legal at lehitimong may ari ng lupa ay siya pa ngayong sindikato ? kung sindikato ito hindi na sana nanalo sa kaso ito dahil peke pala mga papeles nito ,ginagawa niyo katawatawa ang hustisya at gianawa niyo pang kasabwat ang hukom na nagpasya ng kaso ,ito ang bulok na sistema. akala niyo kung sino kayong malinis, di ba si ninoy aquino man ay hinatulan ni marcos ng kamatayan tama ba ang hatol ? ganun din si torres hinatulan din siya ni marcos.

  • Asia

    Only in the Philippines that people like Torres can survived convictions after only shows how our system is flawed..basta may pera ka makakalusot ka sa ano mang kaso..kaya ang mga ganitong klaseng tao dapat nakakulong…maraming pinahihirapang tao..scam artist…

    • Anonymous

      di bo ma nabasa siya ay na convict allegedly sa panahon ni marcos, kahit naman si ninoy ay convicted din nuong panahon ni marcos, bitay pa nga ang parusa, hindi mo kasi alam ang istorya kaya huag kayong humusga, si torres ay isa lang sa mga political prisoner ni marcos, kasi kapag nagpapademolish si marcos ng mga squatters ay nanduon si torres na nagtatanggol. dahil ang lupang tinitirikan ay lupa talaga ni torres, kaya nga kinulong ni marcos iyan para walang sagabal, at ang ginawa ni marcos dahil siya na ang umaaktong korte at congress ng panahon na iyon, ay inabolis nia ang lahat ng spanish title by PD 892 na hanggang ngayon, ay pinagbabasihan ng mga tangang opisyal ng gobyerno, kaya dahil dito inalisan ng gobyerno si torres ng karapatan sa kanyang lupain na walang due process at ng iba pang may mga lupain sa ilalim ng spanish title. Ang bansag na land grabber si torres ay sinimulan pa ni marcos at hanggang ngayon patuloy itong ginamit ng gobyerno na wlang sapat na batayan at evidence. kung sindikato si torres dapat nagtatago iyan at hinsi lumalantad sa korte at nakikibaka sa mga kaso upang mabawi niya ang sariling kanya, o nakita niyo na ang pahapyaw pa lang ng istorya ni torres…..kayo huag kaagad kayong humusga kung wala kayong pinagbabasihan lang ay ang diyaryo… bulok na walang investigation at balance journalism… isang side lang ang kinukuha…

  • Anonymous

    Dapat diyan ibitin ng patiwarik kasama yung judges na nag-award sa kanya ng property.

  • ryan andres

    eto na naman si V-Nay…panay dakdak eh!!! Panay “file” ng case, ala naman nangyayari. Kung “notorious landgrabber” eh di gawan mo ng paraan para hindi na sya mag-grab ng land! Tangna kung sa Makati nangyari yan Binay, papayag ka ba? Naalis ka lang sa balwarte mo, parang naalisan ka na rin ng balls…

  • ryan andres

    existing pa ba ang Sparrow Unit ng NPA??? Attention Sparrows… buksan ang inyong mata at tuluyan na itong mga ito. pakidamay na si Egoy Binay at puro satsat. Kung puro filing ng kaso eh baka mauna pang magpakasal si abnoy kesa maresolve yang mga pinagfafile nila…
    meanwhile, the Philippines bleeds continuously dahil sa kasakiman ng mga taong katulad ni Torres.

  • Layne

    This community w/c this torres
    and his goons are trying to take over and scaring shitless the people
    that are living in that piece of land for more or less HALF A
    CENTURY.Having Possesed their piece of land thru legal means w/ their
    decent income.This PEOPLE are NOT SQUATTING.And Suddenly this guy out of
    nowhere comes along bearing claims on the basis of forged titles under
    the pretense that almost all the titled documents in the Quezon City
    hall got burned during the 80’s.This community is a decent community.w/
    lawyers, doctors, teachers, schools, decent earning individuals, etc.,
    in short – A Professional, Educated Community.The reason he is trying to get hold of it is ‘coz of it’s HIGH MARKET VALUE.Even the
    Land Registration Authority is saying that his spurious titles should be
    null and void.This torres is even on the database of the NBI for cases
    of landgrabbing in Rizal and Antipolo, & Bulacan, Etc.”WE BETTER WAKE UP !”To this CORRUPT PRACTICES IN PROGRESS!
    in the Philippines can this criminal syndicate activity happen or
    perhaps – Colombia or any corrupt country.”Where rights of ordinary
    citizens can be stepped upon any time as long as your WALLET RUNS DEEP!

  • Anonymous

    according to LRA his title could be null and void, so even the LRA is not sure of their statement, on the reasons that they are the one who issued the title of torres, in the first place if his title is null and void then why did they issue it ?the title of torres therefore is legal and has gone through legal proceedings. If torres title is null and void then the title of those developers and homeowners of these subdivision are also null and void , because it all came from torres title which is the mother title…

  • Anonymous

    If torres was convicted of the crime of land grabbing, then he should be in jail, if NBI has a basis then why should they not send torres in jail ? it is because it’s only a hearsay without sufficient evidence, it is very to accuse torres  but to prove it its’ another thing, if I were wilfredo torres, I will file cases against my accusers of libel,

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