Goodbye my friend, Boss JY

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


DEATH is not to extinguish the light. It is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come,” Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore once said.

When I wrote this column, Mrs. Becky Yntig Rallos texted me and informed me that her brother, Globe executive Jerome “Jerry” (JY) Yntig passed away at around 1:58 yesterday afternoon. JY suffered a stroke the other Sunday and was comatose for a couple of days.

JY and I were friends for almost 20 years and he was one of my closest friends. We used to go jamming and hanging out in coffee shops and resto bars. He was the kind of person that one could easily go along with.

Boss JY, we will surely miss your company. I will miss your favorite songs, like “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Kahit Isang Saglit,” “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang” and many more. Adios, Boss JY.

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Aletha Suico-Magat, the claimant of the controversial lots in sitio San Miguel, Barangay Apas, together with her two brothers and lawyer Mark Anthony Gaviola, were guests in my early morning program over dySS Super Radyo last Monday. They clarified some issues about the impending demolition of some 157 houses that stand in the lots they inherited from their grandfather.

First, she denied the allegation of Apas Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman that she attempted to bribe him by offering him P6 million so he would help her convince the
residents to vacate the place.

She claimed that the money, which is deposited in Chinabank, is for financial assistance or disturbance fee for the affected residents. She said she coordinated with Ayuman after the Supreme Court decided the case in their favor and when a writ of demolition was issued last February.

Suico-Magat offered as much as P100,000 to the affected residents based on the assessment of their structures. Some residents accepted the offer and voluntarily dismantled their houses.

But now that the demolition order is being implemented, they lowered their offer to between P20,000 to P45,000. Those who want to accept it can approach her lawyer. She appealed to the residents not to harass those who accepted their offer because it is their prerogative.

Suico-Magat denied the report that some moneyed Chinese businessmen who are interested in their property funded the litigation for the recovery of the lots. The case ran for 20 years until it reached the Supreme Court.

She said her brother, Rex, who is in the United States, financed the case. Once the lots are cleared, the family plans to build a hospital there with the help of her brother's friends in the US.

Suico-Magat, 66 years old, was very emotional during the interview and her brothers, including his lawyer, shed tears when she divulged that she is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer. She appealed to the residents to obey the rule of law and voluntarily vacate the place.

She said that the court has decided the case in their favor and it is but just fair that they should benefit from the use of the lots that they inherited from their grandfather, Santiago Suico.

Yesterday morning, leaders of the affected residents led by Ayuman went to the station to also air their side. Ayuman insisted that Suico-Magat, in their series of meetings, attempted to bribe him. She told him that he can have a big share of the P6 million if he can convince the settlers to accept their offer and voluntarily vacate the place.

Ayuman also insisted that the lots in question have already been sold to the group of a certain Unchuan, who is allegedly behind the effort to eject the residents. Ayuman's claim was supported by Violeta Dalmacion, an officer of the Apas Urban Land
Association.

Unchuan’s group already owns Apas and Banilad lots that were recovered by the original owners after these were either sold to or expropriated by the government supposedly for the expansion of the Lahug airport. In fact there is another lot, settled by residents headed by Rosalinda Leogon, which is also being claimed by the Unchuan group.

Ayuman and the affected residents are hoping that Capitol will intervene in the case based on a newly found piece of evidence that the provincial government originally owned the lots in question. But I heard that Gov. Junjun Davide is not so keen in intervening in the case, saying that the piece of evidence showing that the provincial government owns the lot is not solid.

Asked if the affected residents are prepared for the worst-case scenario that they will be ejected, Ayuman and the leaders of the informal settlers said that they are, but only after all legal remedies have been exhausted.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 12, 2014.

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