Capitol studying appeal on Murcia property

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Monday the Provincial Government is studying their next move on the Capitol-owned 147-hectare property at Barangay Sta. Rosa in Murcia town being re-claimed by farmers.

Last Friday, leaders of farmers who have been camping outside the Provincial Capitol building in Bacolod City for more than a month now have filed a motion for their immediate installation on the property before the office of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano.

Mariano had earlier dismissed the petition of the Capitol to exclude the lot from agrarian reform coverage for lack of merit, affirming the May 10 ruling of his predecessor Virgilio de los Reyes.

Marañon said the Capitol will appeal the DAR ruling, adding that “the legal office is still studying if we will file the appeal before the Office of the President, Court of Appeals, or in the Supreme Court.”

Before the province purchased the property in 2010, it was not under the agrarian reform coverage, the governor said.

“We asked DAR if the property has already a certificate of land ownership award (Cloa) and DAR said there’s none. When the province purchased it, DAR then issued a notice of coverage,” he added.

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