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Kabayan Forum


                                                                                                               Refer to: Dale Zapata


  15 March 2005

PROVING true to his word, Vice President Noli “Kabayan” De Castro announced that Wilfredo “Willy” Sumulong Torres, reportedly the head of a big time professional squatting syndicate, was arrested today on the strength of various cases filed by the National Task Force Against Professional Squatters and Squatting Syndicates (NTFPSSS) under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Torres was presented today during a press conference at the HUDCC in Makati City.

The Department of Justice has previously issued a resolution accusing Torres and his agents (Collamar, Raquedan, Bangug, and John Does) 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 and squatting syndicates.

“As I have repeatedly said, we will give these squatting syndicates no quarters. They are worst than criminals, taking advantage of the urban poor who only dream of having their own houses and lots,” according to De Castro.

De Castro said the modus operandi of the Torres Group and other syndicates include --falsifying documents using contacts within the Assessor’s Office, the Register of Deeds, the Land Registration Authority, and the Bureau of Lands; organizing themselves using Titulo de Propriedad 4136, and original land title 01-4; and organizing urban poor associations only as fronts and assumed community leaders with the backing of certain officials from a government institution.

The Torres Group operates in Lucena City, Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Cavite, and Rizal.

Aside from the Torres Group, the HUDCC, in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP), is also running after the Tallano-Madrigal-Acop group, the Rodriguez group, the Don Mariano San Pedro y Esteban Estate and the Maysilo Estate, all believed to be notorious squatting syndicates, according to a report of the PNP’s Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management. De Castro, however, stresses the urgent need to plug some loopholes in the country’s justice system to ensure that the heads of squatting syndicates, once apprehended, cannot post bail.

“The irony of it is that, this is a bailable offense so we cannot keep him (Torres) in jail. He can be set free upon posting bail. I am calling on our legislators to study the feasibility of treating the heads of squatting syndicates as heinous criminals. That way, they can no longer afford the luxury of posting bail and hence, stop victimizing countless hapless families,” De Castro pointed out.

The NTFPSSS is, at present, conducting an information campaign in areas where these syndicates have been known to operate.                                                                                             HOME | back-to-top

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