DAR includes Avina’s owner in criminal raps

BACOLOD CITY, June 21 (PNA) — Augusto Llamas, the owner of Avina Agricultural Development Corp. in Isabela town, has been included in the first criminal complaint for obstruction of justice filed by Department of Agrarian Reform.

The amended complaint was refiled by Provincial Agrarian Reform Office Lucrecia Taberna before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday, said Lawyer Lea Novero.

Novero said the legal team of DAR-Negros Occidental South believed that inclusion of Llamas in the complaint will be crucial in determining the probable cause.

DAR’s complaint for violation of Section 73(d) of Republic Act No. 6657, as amended, has earlier named Avina’s legal counsel Leon Moya as defendant.

The complaint, which was first filed on Tuesday, stemmed from Moya’s resistance during the installation of 77 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Hacienda Victoria in Barangay Camangcamang, Isabela town on June 6.

Taberna narrated that prior to the installation, she received reports that Moya was threatening and intimidating DAR employees by saying that they will use all possible force not to allow the ARBs to take possession.

Despite this, Taberna pursued the installation since the writ of preliminary injunction filed by Rishi Developers Inc., the hacienda’s lessee, against the ARBs and Avina has been lifted by the Regional Trial Court in La Carlota City. Rishi’s lease agreement with Avina has likewise expired.

But on the day of the installation, Moya and his group blocked the DAR from entering the land for they claimed that it was a private property and their camp has a pending appeal regarding the lifting of injunction.

Moya’s resistance resulted to a heated argument between him and Taberna. It even came to the point when Moya instructed his people to remove the placards stating that the land has been acquired by CARP but no one followed him.

Instead, he directed her secretary to list all the names of DAR officials in the area for he, too, will file complaint and left.

The installation then became successful but Taberna said they have to pursue the complaint against Moya to show to the public that they were serious in enforcing the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Taberna also stressed that this complaint will also give justice to the affected ARBs. (PNA)



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