Resident denies housing board’s statements

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


ANGELES CITY -- An American resident of Timog Park Homes Homeowners Association (TPHHOA) denied some of the statements issued by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) favoring the old officers and directors of the said association.

Robert Lewallen told Sun.Star Pampanga he is the incumbent president of the TPHHOA because he was the duly elected by the residents of the subdivision last December 3, 2011.

Lewallen claimed that Pancho Coronel, who regained possession of the HOA office last Saturday, after the HLURB issued a statement in favor of the old TPHHOA officers, is a former president of the association.

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HLURB officer-in-charge Dunstan T. San Vicente, in a letter dated December 29, 2011, told Lewallen that: “we regret to inform you that this office cannot formally sanction and/or recognize the result of the election you conducted last December 3, 2011.”

In his letter, San Vicente also stated that the election is “shrouded in controversy” or internal dispute involving separate actions taken by the election committee and the directors/officers of the association with regard to the date of the membership meeting and election date as provided under the by-laws of the TPHHOA.

But according to Lewallen, San Vicente’s statements are just mere opinion and are not binding according to law.

Lewallen cited San Vicente’s statement indicating that the “HLURB is constrained to take a neutral position on the subject, thus decline to give its imprimatur to your opposing claims particularly the proclamation of winners of the December 3, 2011 election and the request to postpone or to declare as failure said election.”

Lewallen also pointed out that the general membership meeting and election of officers should not be postponed unless there are reasons of terrorist threat or force majeure.

This, he stressed, is provided under the Magna Carta for Homeowners.
Coronel and the old officers and directors of the association earlier informed the HLURB to postpone its annual meeting and election.

One of the reasons they cited was that the membership of the election committee was reduced to only one member.

On November 29, 2011, the HLURB issued an order instructing the president to hold the membership meeting and election of activities as scheduled.

Lewallen assumed office few days after the election but Pancho and his colleagues insisted they are still the officers of the association in a hold-over capacity.

Coronel said they have scheduled the election of membership committee on January 14, 2012 or January 21, 2012 and the general assembly for the regular elections of Board of Directors on February 18, 2012.

Coronel said they will file charges against Lewallen and his group for the missing documents and cash money inside the HOA office. (Reynaldo G. Navales)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 11, 2012.

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