Interior and Local Governments Secretary Jesse Robredo was informed yesterday that a former barangay captain of Barangay Pinapugasan, Escalante City, was complaining that personnel of the city government allegedly had his property illegally plowed yesterday.
Robredo asked that the matter be reported to the police immediately and that he be given feedback on the matter.
Escalante Mayor Melecio Yap Jr., when asked for his side, referred the DAILY STAR to Godofredo Reteracion, head of the City Investment Trade Promotion and Public Economic Enterprise Management Office.
Reteracion said the property plowed yesterday belonged to the Escalante City government having been purchased at the time he was city planning officer.
Gil Manguilimotan, the former barangay captain, reported to the police that it was his property in Barangay Pinapugasan that was illegally plowed by a tractor sent by the city government.
His daughter, Delia, said the city had their land plowed despite a court ruling that the property belongs to her father and a writ of execution for the city to remove its reservoir from the area.
Her father had donated 2 hectares to the city and barangay and the city in the past but the plowed area was not part of that, she said.
Manguilimotan, associated with former Escalante Mayor Santiago Barcelona, had planted cane in the area that was also harvested by the city government in the past, she said.*CPG