19 informal settlers charged in city court-A A +A
Monday, September 9, 2013
CHARGES were filed before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) against 19 informal settlers who built shanties within a private property on JP Laurel Avenue in Davao City.
Facing charges for violation of the Presidential Decree 1096, otherwise known as the National Building Code of the Philippines, were Danilo Martinez, Leo Moralez, Jimmy Madalo, Flor Jacan, Urbanoso Grabador, Angelo Garcia, John Galicia, Saly Esrao, Vicenta Espartino, Tessie Escobar, Roly Dagansina, Cristina Amaga, Jun Arendain, Gearydaveco Abellanosa, Glen Abellanosa, Marlon Abellanosa, Gurio Albasite, Diana Acla and Paterno Abadia.
Prosecutor Jose Garcia Jr. found probable cause to charge the respondents based on the complaint filed by Raul Migue, building inspector of the City Building Office.
Migue, in his affidavit, said he conducted an inspection near a resto in the area when he found out that most of the residents have not secured a building permit.
He also revealed that the property where the respondents have established shanties is owned by one Nancy Tan, who had complained about the presence of illegal settlers in her property.
The complainant then sent a notice of violation to the respondents dated May 29, 2012. In the letter, Migue informed the respondents of their violation.
The respondents were also summoned at the City Building Office last June 1 of the same year as they were supposed to have a dialogue with the complainant.
The respondents, however, did not attend the said dialogue and they still continue to occupy the private property of Tan, thus the filing of charges. (RPSA)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 10, 2013.