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Gawa lang sa Recto titulo? Marcoleta seeks probe into ABS-CBN’s ownership of QC property

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Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta isn’t done going after ABS-CBN after taking a lead role in the denial of its franchise application.

Marcoleta has filed House Resolution 1058 seeking a congressional investigation on the authenticity of ABS-CBN’s land title for its 44,000-square meter property along Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City.

The lawmaker said there are doubts over ABS-CBN’s ownership of the property because network executives failed to present a certified electronic copy of the land title during the franchise application hearings.

Marcoleta, however, said he was able to secure a certified a electronic copy of TCT No. 125702 (PR-9690) from the Quezon City Registry of Deeds.

“Upon perusal of the certified electornic copy obtained from the Register of Deeds, the particular part that should indicate the title number of the immediately preceding title was suppressed, while the photocopy of the Owner’s Duplicate copy submitted by ABS-CBN contained the following information: ‘this certificate is a transfer from Transfer Certificate of Title No. 110731/T-557.’ This simply means that the alleged present title of ABS-CBN (TCT No. 125702), is a transfer, or immediately precedes, from Transfer Certificate of Title No. 110731/T-557,” he explained in the resolution.

Marcoleta said further verification of TCT No. 110731/T-557 showed the title “pertains to a peopeerty with a totally different technical description, location and area, rendering it difficult, if not impossible, to be the immediate predecessor of ABS-CBN’s title.”

He said there’s “no plausible reason” as to how ABS-CBN’s land title can pertain to its Mother Ignacia property when TCT No. 110731 is the title for a 42-square meter parcel of land in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon.

“It may also be inquired that if ABS-CBN’s title was indeed for ‘provisional reconstitution,’ it should explain why said administrative remedy was not even annotated in said owner’s duplicat title given the direct mandate of LRA Circular No. 3 dated December 6, 1998 on pending reconstitution of titles? ABS-CBN should explain what happened to the application for reconstitution, if there be any,” Marcoleta said.

The lawmaker said it was also “intriguing” as to why ABS-CBN TCT No. 125702 had a “twin title number” under the name of spouses Florante and Luzviminda Jonsay, with the address at University District in Quezon City for a 400-square meter property.

Marcoleta said the Office of the Solicitor General has legal standing to file for nullification of ABS-CBN’s land title if it is found to be of dubious origin.

The Iglesia Ni Cristo-affiliated lawmaker earlier raised the possibility of government taking over ABS-CBN’s Quezon City property if the network cannot prove it is the legitimate owner of the land.

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