[INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC] How Villar company obtained titles to contested land

By Aries Rufo, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak

Posted at Apr 12 2010 01:07 PM | Updated as of Apr 15 2010 04:07 AM

This diagram shows how Sen. Manuel Villar's company, Adelfa Properties obtained land titles to friar lands in Imus, Cavite. 

Key facts:

  • In a complaint filed before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), a former lawyer at Adelfa claimed that the titles were obtained through "layering," allegedly using a fictitious mother title in the name of one Catalina Vda. de Villanueva. 
  • Newsbreak uncovered records from the Land Management Bureau (LMB) which show that, in 1999, a committee of 5 led by Atty. Benjamin Asido conducted an investigation on the subject land which were then contested by the heirs of 3 families: Cuenca, Pakinggan and Villanueva. 
  • The investigation resulted in the award of deeds of conveyance to the heirs of Benito Cuenca and Urbana Pakinggan, not the Villanueva heirs whose 'mother title' is the alleged basis of the Adelfa title.

This process was mentioned in PART 2 of the following 3-part special story on the practices of Villar's real estate businesses

PART 1: How Villar built business empire with deceit, corruption: ex-lawyer

PART 2: Villar firm faked titles through 'layering': ex-lawyer

PART 3: Villar firm’s high-end project sits on land for poor