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Na-evict na, sisingilin pa! Duterte wants Rufino-Prietos to pay back taxes, advance rent while squatting on Mile Long property

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The woes of the Rufino-Prieto family may not be over yet even after the government wrested control of the prime Mile Long property away from them.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (October 13) said he wants the government to run after the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s current owners for taxes it failed to pay when it was in control of Mile Long.

“Actually, they surrendered the property already. And we are asking for the back taxes, pati ‘yung kinita nila diyan, ‘yung mga establishment, kubra sila nang kubra hindi naman kanila ‘yun eh,” he said in an interview aired over state-run PTV-4.

The Rufino-Prietos continued to collect rent from the tenants of Mile Long property even though its lease contract with the government expired in 2012.

The family-owned Sunvar Realty Corp. agreed to return the property to the government earlier this year after a protracted legal battle.

Duterte has said he will use the proceeds from the sale of Mile Long to build houses for soldiers.