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Sunday, March 16, 2014
ANGELES CITY – Homeowners in Bacolor town and Mabalacat City is hoping to bring back the pride and glory of the low-cost housing sites which were affected by the ongoing legal battle of Globe Asiatique owner Delfin Lee, who was charged with syndicated estafa by the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund).
The homeowners in both subdivisions expressed their sentiments and issues during a meeting here Saturday night.
Ramon Recto, vice president of the Xevera Bacolor Homeowners Association, said their community was once an ideal place to live in because of its amenities like schools, churches, a swimming pool, among others.
“Saan ka ba nakakita na low-cost housing na ganyan kaganda at ka secure. Pag may bisita ka, kakatukin ka ng mga guardiya kung patutuluyin nila ang mga ito o hindi,” Recto said.
Xevera Bacolor used to have more than 60 security guards, according to Recto, who also lamented that subdivision facilities are no longer maintained at present.
Recto, brother of Senator Ralph Recto, pointed out that the government should protect the interest of residents who, he said, were demoralized by the problems on water, security and others after Lee left the community.
Recto defended Lee hinting that the businessman may have been a victim of politics.
Lee was accused of double sale of properties and using fake documents to sell house and lots. Vice President Jejomar Binay ordered the filing of syndicated estafa cases against Lee before the Pampanga Regional Trial Court.
In Xevera Bacolor, there is only one documented complainant while in Xevera Mabalacat there are 104 complainants, the homeowners group told Sun.Star Pampanga.
Recto cited Lee’s legacy as a developer of posh subdivisions like The Enclave, Sameera, and Xevera.
Recto said Globe Asiatique is still the one responsible for the maintenance and security of their community.
Recto added that the homeowners repeatedly sent letters to lawyer Joseph Quiboloy of the Pag-Ibig Office in Pampanga and disclosed the issues.
“We asked the Pag-Ibig Fund to help us in resolving the problems kasi kami sa HOA hindi na namin kaya,” Recto said.
Quiboloy issued a verbal statement to the homeowners that the agency will assist them.
In January last year, Recto said they informed Binay about the situation including their request letter to Quiboloy which, they said, was not acted upon.
Meanwhile, Rolando “Chook” Santos, president of Xevera Mabalacat Homeowners Association, said that their community is not a “ghost town” contrary to television news reports.
Santos and his fellow HOA officers assailed what they described as “bias reporting” of television reporters.
He appealed to newsmen to make balance reports so that the image of the housing area and its residents will not be destroyed.
“Yung negative lang po ang pinapakita nila sa TV. Sana naman ay ipakita rin nila na kami sa HOA ay may ginagawa para maisaayos namin ang aming komunidad,” Santos said.
The HOA Board, according to him, has passed a resolution screening mediamen who enters the subdivision to do their work.
“Kinakausap muna po namin sila na kung pwede ay maging fair naman sila sa kanilang reporting at mag interview sila nung mga residenteng may legitimate issues,” Santos said.
He even praised Lee for donating the new Mabalacat City Hall near the entrance of the housing area. “Nagpapasalamat po kami at binigyan niya (Lee) kami ng bagong city hall.”
During Binay’s visit at Xevera Mabalacat, Santos asked the vice president and Pag-Ibig officials to help the homeowners association in the maintenance and security of the subdivision.
“May mga areas po na tumataas na po ang talahib at napakalaki po ng community naming kaya hindi na naming kayang linisin lahat ng paligid,” Santos said.
Santos said that out of the 3,000 registered members of the homeowners association at Xevera Mabalacat, more than 900 are paying their monthly dues.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 17, 2014.