2nd cousin of Former Pres. Noy Aquino & others recommended to be charged by NBI over Boracay mess

2nd cousin of Former Pres. Noy Aquino & others recommended to be charged by NBI over Boracay mess

Cleaning and rehabilitating the island resort of Boracay is not over.

While some of the road works will be finished next year and that some other measures are still being place to ensure the pristine condition of the place is maintained, the government now are pursuing personalities that have violated laws in the island.

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Environmental Crime Division has recommended the prosecution of officials of three resorts in Boracay island along with former and incumbent local officials.

This was Boracay more than 6 months ago (photo credit to owner)

The NBI in  separate referrals dated Sept. 17 and Aug 20, both of which are filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this week, the NBI recommended charges against officials of Kingfishers’ Farm, Skygarden de Boracay and Playa Asya Resort Inc.

Included among those charged is a second cousin of former President Benigno Aquino III.

Ramon O. Coquangco Jr.with  Ma. Teresa E. Cojuangco were named by NBI in their capacity as president and treasurer, respectively, of Playa Asya Resort Inc.
The two are also principal stockholders of the firm’s parent company Gorgeous Holdings.

“It is recommended that Gorgeous Holdings, its affiliate corporation Asya Premier, represented by its officers, Ramon O. Cojuangco ,Jr. et al be charged with violation of Sec. 78 (unlawful occupation or destruction of forest lands) of PD 705,” NBI Deputy Director Antonio Pagatpat told mediamen.

For Skygarden De Boracay Corp., its officers namely Philip L. Vhua, Marilyn S. Wong, Fernando A. Soriano, Yong Wan and Li Juan Wan and Arch. Lara Arac-Salaver, owner of Kingfisher Farm.

The  municipal zoning administrator Alma S. Belejerdo was also included in the referral when  she issued preliminary approval and locational clearance on zoning to Gorgeous Holdings in 2007 despite the issuance of Proclamation 1064 on 2006.
“The said proclamation made the occupancy of the said corporations illegal and thereby making the latter not entitled to such clearances,” the NBI said. “The case was also the same with (municipal engineer) Elizer Casidsid when he issued Building Permit No. 070800100 and other relevant permits dated August 30, 2007 to Gorgeous Holdings,” NBI said.

Both incumbent and former town Mayor Ceciron S. Cawaling and John P Yap are also included in the referral when they illegally issued mayor’s permits to the firms during their terms.

Former former municipal zoning administrator Engr. Hadji Prado, municipal assessor Erlinda T. Casimero and provincial assessor Kokoy B. Soguilon, were also charged.

These local officials will be facing other than the issuance of mayor’s permit the following charges:

The charges include Section 84 (Tax Declaration of Real Property) of PD 705, violation of Sec. 20 (License agreements, license, lease or permit) in relation to Section 79 (unlawful occupation or destruction of forest lands) and Sec. 85 (tax declaration of real property) of Presidential Decree No. 705, otherwise known as the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Local Government Code.

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  1. Dapat panagutin itong mga negosyante na sumira sa kagandan dati ng Boracay. Pati na rin ang lahat ng mga government officials na nagbigay ng pahintulot sa kanikanilang mga negosyo. Ngayon napatunayn natin na sa tamang pangangalaga ng bagong gobyerno sa pamumuno ni Pres. Duterte ay pwede talagang manatili ang kagandahan ng Boracay na di nasisira ang kapaligiran nito.