Scalawag courts (4)

LEY Construction Corporation appealed to the Pasay Regional Trial Court, and pending such appeal, Ley did not pay rentals in arrears, opting, instead, to consign/deposit the same with this RTC.

Philippine National Construction Corp. won the appeal, holding, among others, that back rentals in consignation should now be released to PNCC, whether or not Ley subsequently goes up to the Court of Appeals on certiorari.

This time, it’s the Branch Clerk of Court  –  a lawyer  – of this Pasay RTC branch who refuses to release the amount. He has imposed impossible conditions for the OGCC and PNCC lawyers to comply with, like securing a certificate of finality of judgment of the case.

This is impossible precisely because Ley went up to the Court of Appeals on certiorari and this petition is still pending!

What is the Branch Clerk of Court doing with the P16 million in consignation, meanwhile?

Oh, there really are so many enterprising clerks of courts these days.

But aren’t they  under the control and supervision of the  court?  It is also hard to imagine this Pasay RTC judge is not aware of what her branch clerk of court is doing.

On the other hand, the Antipolo city court we mentioned above appears to be in a different racket. The urban poor sector in Antipolo has been complaining that this court has been allowing itself to be USED by (or probably is in cahoots with) real estate/land syndicates operating in the area.

These land syndicates have  been buying lands awarded to beneficiaries of the National Housing Authority (“NHA”) land-for-landless project.

The modus operandi reportedly is: the NHA area operator, a certain Mr. Jacob (no relations to the LTFRB chair) who is about to retire from service, is REPORTEDLY selling the awarded areas (possessed as far back as 30 years ago by their respective beneficiaries) to these land syndicates. The new buyers will then sue to eject the unknowing beneficiaries, and this Antipolo City court we have alluded to consistently decided in plaintiffs’ favor.

The sad part is that these poor beneficiaries are REPORTEDLY  not even furnished with copies of the ejectment decisions against them, thereby DENYING them the opportunity to file a motion for reconsideration or an appeal to the RTC.

They just wake up, one day, with the court’s sheriff and a team of rogue-looking “:house dismantlers” ready and raring to hurl to the streets the evictees’ belongings after demolishing whatever residential structures they have constructed on their lots.

This is what happened to the Manlangits – defendants in SC Case No. 003-10 filed with this court.


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