DAR files criminal raps vs. Army’s lawyer in Negros

BACOLOD CITY, June 18 (PNA) — Atty. Leon Moya, the legal consultant of 303rd Infantry Brigade, is now in hot water after his desperate attempt to block the implementation of agrarian reform in Isabela town in Negros Occidental earlier this month.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Lucrecia S. Taberna of Southern Negros has filed a criminal complaint for obstruction of justice against Moya before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Bacolod Hall of Justice Tuesday afternoon.

Pepe Hilado, one of 77 agrarian reform beneficiaries who were successfully installed in Hacienda Victoria in Barangay Camangcamang, Isabela June 6, stood as witness.

Taberna assailed that Moya, also the lawyer of the hacienda’s former owner Avina Agricultural Development Corp., deliberately opposed the installation of ARBs in the 86.61 hectares of land covering Lot 4 and Lot 1326.

Moya’s actions, according to her, were in violation of Section 73(d) of Republic Act No. 6657, as amended.

The criminal complaint for obstruction of justice is the first case filed Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental in relation to the implementation of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

“We are doing this to show to the public that we are sincere and serious in implementing CARP, especially in Southern Negros,” Taberna said.

Meanwhile, Hilado said they are still being threatened and intimated by the workers of the former landowner, who have separate claims over the contested property.

In fact, Hilado said there are 12 civilian guards and two blue guards posted in the hacienda preventing them to enter the land although they were the rightful owners.

Taberna said she already told the president of the security agency concerned, through a letter, to pull out their men in the area but there is no response yet.

To recall, DAR pursued the installation of 77 ARBs in Hacienda Victoria after Acting Presiding Judge Pepito Gellada of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 in La Carlota City lifted the writ of preliminary injunction on May 14, 2013.

In his six-page order, Gellada lifted the writ of preliminary injunction it issued on September 10, 2009 due to lack of jurisprudence on Civil Case No. 1184 for declaratory relief and injunction filed by Rishi Developers versus Avina. (PNA)



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