Resort owner accuse Villar realty firm of illegally reclaiming creek
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Resort owner accuse Villar realty firm of illegally reclaiming creek

Feb 7, 2024, 2:09 AM
Angel F. Jose

Angel F. Jose

Writer

FOLLOWING the issuance of a closure order for operating without a mayor’s permit, the owner of the resort took a swipe at Parañaque City’s Business Permits and Licensing Office for repeatedly rejecting his application.

According to Engr. Selwyn Lao, who claims to be the owner of the Wing-An Garden Resort located inside the Multinational Village, the city government won’t allow him to operate amid reports that his resort has been causing incessant flooding in the area.


“We will comply, but they really don’t want to approve it. Every time they questioned us, we applied for a permit but they denied it,” Lao was quoted as saying in a news report published by a Manila-based major daily.


The closure order dated January 23, was signed by Parañaque BPLO chief Atty. Melanie Soriano-Malaya.


No, Not Me!


In response to the closure order, Lao described the closure order as pure harassment after he allegedly questioned the reclamation of the creek which was later titled to the real estate firm allegedly owned by the family of former Senate President Manny Villar and wife Senator Cynthia Villar.


He also called on the Parañaque City government to conduct a cadastral survey on the Baloc-Baloc Creek, a small waterway between CCH in Barangay Don Bosco and Multinational Village in Barangay Moonwalk.


According to the resort owner, the original creek has long been reclaimed by the Villar firm which created a new waterway well within his property.



From 13 meters wide, the creek has been reduced to just two meters, according to residents in the area


"The creek they said is not the real creek because the real creek has been acquired by former Senate President Manny Villar under his name and made it [into] a road. They turned my land into a creek (man-made creek) because that (original) creek was made into a road, and then part of the creek was sold as subdivision lots," Lao averred.


Ownership


Lao recounted that back in 2017, then-Mayor and now Parañaque City Representative Edwin Olivarez tried fixing the problem.


"He (Olivarez) conducted a survey and signed it officially, so this lot is mine, including the creek," he said. "The bad thing now is that no one wants to take action on this because Villar is very powerful."

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