DAR to file charges vs Army’s lawyer in Negros


BACOLOD CITY, June 9 (PNA) — A legal consultant of the 303rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Negros Occidental will be facing charges for obstruction of justice after he desperately stopped the installation of farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Victoria in Isabela town recently.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Lucresia Taberna of Southern Negros said they are determined to file the case against Aty. Leon Moya, who is also acting as lawyer of hacienda’s former owner Avina Agricultural Development Corp.

Taberna said Moya resisted the installation despite the lifting of writ of preliminary injunction on May 14 which their camp filed before the Regional Trial Court in La Carlota City.

He even engaged in an argument with Taberna for he was insisting that they still have a pending appeal in court in relation to the lifting of writ of preliminary injunction, thus, DAR officials should have postponed the installation.

The tension even came to the point when Moya directed the farmer-beneficiaries who were identified with the administration to remove the placards containing the statement that the land has been acquired by CARP.

But no one followed Moya, instead, the farmer-beneficiaries told him to do it himself.

Before he left, Moya told her assistant to write down all the names of the DAR officials who entered the hacienda for he too will file a case against them.

The writ of preliminary injunction that delayed the implementation of CARP for more than three years was lifted by Acting Presiding Judge Pepito Gellada of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 due to lack of jurisdiction.

Hacienda Victoria situated in Barangay Camangcamang, Isabela town that has a total land area of 110.40 hectares was covered by CARP since 1999.

Of the total land area, 74.79 hectares (Lot 4) and 11.82 hectares (Lot 1326) were placed under compulsory acquisition scheme.

The hacienda has a total of 79 farmer-beneficiaries all have Certificate of Landownership Awards issued and registered in the Registry of Deeds on March 30, 2006. (PNA)
PDS/JAN

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