CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region – A demolition team numbering around 150, including 100 Naga city policemen and elements of the local SWAT team, faced off with a group of landless farmers who were illegally squatting on a land rumored to be owned by the late Jesse Robredo.
The team was there to remove structures, including houses, that were built on an 11-hectare agricultural land at Cararayan village in Naga city.
The property is registered under the name of Wilzon Luz, a businessman. But according to a report from the community paper Bicol Today, Luz may actually be just “a dummy of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.”
Robredo, who served as Mayor of Naga for 18 years, has been accused by his critics of amassing large tracts of land and hiding his ownership using a string of dummy personalities.
Also according to the report, this was the eighteenth attempt by the owners of the property to remove the squatters. But even backed by a firetruck and armed with high-powered firearms, the demolition team was unable to move the unarmed farmers from their homes.
The disputed property is said to be worth “several hundred million pesos” owing to its “close proximity to Naga’s central business district, as well as commercial, and high-end residential areas.”
(With reports from BicolToday.com and Baretang Bikolnon)