The Quezon City government will extend full assistance to homeowners of the 24-hectare property in Barangay Culiat which is allegedly being claimed by persons armed with writ of possession order issued by a judge.
The group is allegedly led by a certain Wilfredo Torres.
During a meeting, QC Hall officials led by Atty. Christopher “Kit” Belmonte assured homeowners and property owners of the disputed land that the administration of Mayor Herbert M. Bautista will exert effort to intervene for the peaceful and orderly resolution of the dispute to prevent violence.
Mayor Bautista has ordered the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to inform him if there is request for police assistance by the Sheriff’s Office to enforce court eviction orders.
The mayor expressed concern over the land dispute as many residents and property owners were in danger of losing their homes and property.
Last Tuesday, some 100 policemen in full battle gear and armed security guards swooped down on the disputed property to execute the writ of possession order issued by Judge Tita Marilyn Villordon of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 224.
However, K-Ville group, one of the petitioners against Torres’ claim of possession of the disputed land, had able to secure a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from the Court of Appeals for the writ of possession ordered by QC Judge Villordon.
QC general services office head Rolando Montiel admitted that the city government could not legally intervene in the land dispute but QC Hall officials are willing to assist and support homeowners and property owners in their quest for truth in the case, particularly for the fact that they are the city’s taxpayers.
“The city government will protect them, the homeowners and property owners, because they are taxpayers. The mayor had expressed concern on their situation, and directed us to extend possible assistance as deemed necessary,” Montiel said.
He urged affected owners to have a consolidated effort in defense of their properties to strengthen their case as well as lessen litigation cost. “It is better to have a consolidated case rather than numerous cases filed in court,” he added. Maureen Quiñones, PAISO