Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Screwed

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

(Sorry guys, I just need to get this out of my chest.)

My grandmother trusted our neighbors so much that she got screwed out of her own property. The house in Baguio and the land where it stands on have been in the family since 1984; but we recently found out that the whole lot is now titled under somebody (a neighbor) else’s name. How it happened, I do not know.

I felt physically sick when I learned about it. How can we lose the only place I call home?

Can we reclaim it? I don’t know. I see a long legal battle in the offing.


17 comments:

jacqueline said...

oh no! ask grandma if she has some papers to prove ownership of the property... no matter how old the papers may be.

that is bad. i hope you guys find a way to reclaim it...

Angeli said...

hay naku! therein lies the problem. they cannot find the original documents. they are now looking for records at the Bureau of Lands.

jacqueline said...

hala! halungkatin ang mga records ng rightful agency... sayang yun ha! and yun na nga, it's the only place you have always known as your home... *sigh*

Amelia said...

oh no Angeli! that was the same problem an officemate had and they put the battle in court and they are fighting for it for 5years now...that will be a long process.

that was so sad...hope everything will be fine soon

witsandnuts said...

Indeed a battle. Home is absolutely worth fighting for. Hang on. *Hugs for you*

~fren~ said...

sorry to hear that, angeli. hope you'll reclaim it in the long run.

mordsith said...

what? it's gonna be a long battle, and i really hope you and your family would win this one... by the way, who's occupying the place now?

Anonymous said...

OMG! Sorry to hear about that jill! That is ridiculous! Hey send jigs an email and see what he thinks, maybe he can offer some help...attyjigsaquino@yahoo.com...Sorry this happened.---jen

Kayni said...

OMG, this is the same thing, sort of, that happened to us. it's been a huge problem, since we're here and can't be in the Philippines physically. Someone, loaned our property without us know. So we're practically trying to get back our own land from the bank.

I really hope you and the family can legally fight this.

Agnes said...

Oh no!

Did she sell her property -- or how did the neighbors buy it? Did they trick her into signing it over to them...?

I really hope it will turn out all right Angeli.

Anonymous said...

Engage the services of a competent/reputable lawyer now!

dinadelias said...

omG! hugs ange, i'm so sorry to hear that... i hope things work out and i hope you can find the original papers... maurnus yu kuma dayta, sayang met nu mapukaw diay daga ken balay yu. i know you have many, many wonderful memories there. and witsandnuts is right, home is one thing you really have to fight for.

Angeli said...

Hi guys. Thank you all so much for your support.

Here are the facts of the case: For several years now my grandmother has been processing the titling of the land (it only has a tax declaration). She agreed with two of her neighbors, Jun Francisco and Mrs. Razon to have a 'master title' of their combined lots to be divided among the three of them afterwards (they say that will make the titling process easier). She paid her share and the process dragged on and on. She went to live in Cavite and the house had been abandoned since I left for Manila in 2005. She went back to live in Baguio this year and that's when she found out through another neighbor that her land is now titled under the name of one of Jun Francisco's (the neigbor) nephews. Mrs. Razon (the other neighbor whom my grandmother entrusted copies of the documents) has sold her property to another person. Both Razon and Francisco are missing. Probably hiding. They must have tricked her into signing some papers (like what Agnes said).

The original deed of sale and other documents are nowhere to be found. My grandmother, who is now 80 years old, cannot remember where they are. They took advantage of her, being old and alone.

Thanks for the hugs. Hug you all back, my friends.

ALiNe said...

Gosh? really? Is your grandmother still alive? how could that be? not unless your granma give it to them

onyxx said...

aw, that's sick. unfortunately this type of thing happens every once in a while. (1) if your grandmother holds the title to your property and (2) she has paid taxes on it throughout the years and if (3) you have irrefutable proof that you've been living in the same place for decades without paying "rent" to the usurper (your neighbor), you'll have a strong case -- possession is nine-tenths of the law after all

onyxx said...

aw, that's sick. unfortunately this type of thing happens every once in a while. (1) if your grandmother holds the title to your property and (2) she has paid taxes on it throughout the years and if (3) you have irrefutable proof that you've been living in the same place for decades without paying "rent" to the usurper (your neighbor), you'll have a strong case -- possession is nine-tenths of the law after all

Angeli said...

yes, aline. my grandmother is still alive.

you are right, onyx. we still possess the property and never paid rent to anybody for more than 20 years. we have a case. a strong one, i hope.

thanks to both of you, aline and onyx, for visiting my blog and leaving comments.. :)

 
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