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Fake 'developer' back in operation

Monday, February 16, 2009 [ ]

THE Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) has warned anew the public Monday against buying housing units from a fraudulent developer somewhere in Davao City’s third district.

Lawyer Miguel Palma Gil, HLURB officer-in-charge, said this newest housing scam is perpetrated by a group known as United Gilmore Properties Inc. which has been involved in the same controversies in 2006.

"Naa na pud sila'y ginabaligya karun. Sarratoga ang name and they are operating in a different area na naman. What we heard is that nasa Landco daw ang office ngayon," Palma Gil said in a phone interview Monday.

In November 2006, United Gilmore Land Inc. staked claim over a 50-hectare property of the Gaisanos that cuts through Quimpo Boulevard and the Matina Aplaya road.

They claimed the Gaisanos sold it and they are now selling a proposed 1,472-unit subdivision development named Corinthian Plains Subdivision.


The HLURB Southern Mindanao already declared the "license to sell" being furnished to sales agents as fraudulent since it has not issued a license to any firm named United Gilmore or Corinthian Plains.

The fake "license to sell" shown by sales agents for the subdivision is numbered 11401. It was allegedly issued by HLURB on October 10, 2006.

The tract of land owned by WGI Gaisano Group Inc., which comprises 10.5 hectares of the 50-hectare plot, is covered by TCT number T-244776.

A copy of the contract to sell used by the United Gilmore describes the plot of land as covered by 13 titles, namely TCT numbers T-198647 to 659.

Verification with the Register of Deeds at the Hall of Justice in Davao City showed that not one of these titles exists in the registry.

The "license to sell" itself is dubious as it lists Batas Pambansa Bilang 220 as its basis for development.

Batas Pambansa Bilang 220 is for economic and socialized housing projects and has a ceiling of P500,000 per house and lot unit. Those exceeding this should be developed under Presidential Decree 957, the Subdivision and Condominium Development Law. (GLP/With SAE)


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