RA 9485 compels the respondent to comply with the request of the complaining party. Penalties for non-compliance range from 30 days suspension to dismissal and perpetual disqualification from public service.
Ramos said if the documents would prove that Capitol entered into the contract knowing that the property was underwater, the officials involved in the transaction would be liable for fraud, which is a criminal offence.
“When it comes to real estate transactions, you don’t just look at the title of the land, you trace back the history of the transactions involving the property. If they did that, then they should have seen the court order revoking the titles in so far as the property is concerned,” Ramos said.
Ramos is referring to a court decision penned by Judge Isaias Dicdican last March 26, 2002, declaring the original certificate of title No. 0-15315 and free patents for lots in Naga, Cebu under the name of defendant Amparo Balili as null and void.
“We have to exert our effort. Active citizenship is what is required right now, all of us should show concern,” Estenzo-Ramos said.
The issue of the illegal purchase of the Balili property was raised by Ramos together with co-counsels Benjamin Cabrido and Dante Ramos. They said the discovery of the irregularities in the purchase of the land was incidental. They looked at the purchase of the property because of the plan to make it into a dumpsite for the coal ash generated by Kepco.
She asserted that the Office of the Ombudsman should continue its investigation on the matter. She also asked the people to remain vigilant.
“It would even be better if a multi-sectoral team composed of people with integrity be formed to look into the history of how this deal came about so that everybody would learn from this experience,” she said. (Bulatlat.com)