Boracay land row heats up

By The Standard

ONE of Boracay Island’s first settler-families warned the public, particularly local and foreign investors, against any ownership claim on the popular Friday’s Boracay Island Resort because the matter is still being determined by the court.

Landowner Mila Yap-Sumndad challenged the claim of Boulevard Holdings Inc. (BHI), owned by the Panlilio family of Silahis International Hotel fame, that it owns the land on which Friday’s Resort Boracay stands.

“The claim by Boulevard Holdings Inc. that it owns the land on which Friday’s Resort Boracay is wrong and erroneous,” she said, adding that the case is still being heard by the court.

“I inherited the parcel of land from my father and mother and when the lease ended in Feb. 14, 2014, we just took back what was rightfully ours,” Sumndad said, adding that BHI and Friday’s Holdings Inc. are supposedly trying to grab a part of the 1,447-square-meter beachfront property.

The claim of BHI and Friday’s Holdings Inc. is based on a Makati RTC decision early in 2014 that the Court of Appeals stopped in December of the same year.

“The truth is the Court of Appeals ordered the Makati RTC to conduct a retrial because of the evidence discarded by the lower court,” Sumndad said, complaining that she is being made to appear like a landgrabber when she is just a landowner trying to protect her property… MORE ON THIS STORY FROM THE STANDARD (Click link below)

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