Mayor faces raps for anomalous land deal

    STA. MARIA, Bulacan—This one is for the books.

    First, a half hectare farmland was sold to the municipal government of this town without authorization to the Mayor from the Sangguniang Bayan.

    Second, the owner of the farland is already dead but was able to secure a community tax certificate or cedula then signed to sell his land to his daughter.

    Third, the said land was transferred to his daughter in record 11 days.

    Fourth, the assessed value of the land is only a little more than P163,000, but was sold to more than P11-million.

    Fifth, the documents showed that the municipal local finance committee certified that this town has enough money (P11,740,000) to buy the land, documents showed that only P2.8-million was used to pay the land.

    Sixth, another deed of absolute sale showed that the land was purchased at P11,739.200.

    Lawyer Anselmo Adriano, an incumbent councilor of this town filed a complained before the Bureau of Internal Revenue here yesterday against incumbent Mayor Bartolome Ramos for violation of Tax Reform Act of 1997, especially on the  valuation of properties.

    Punto tried to get Ramos’s side on the complaint by calling and sending text messages to his cellular phone number. He just answered, “wala namang dermanda.”

    In an interview, Adriano, a mayoralty bet running under the Aksyon Demokratiko, said that Ramos’ transaction was anomalous.

    He stressed that as early as mid last year, Ramos asked the Sangguniang Bayan of this town to give him authorization to buy a parcel of land for purposes of building a municipal motorpool office.

    Adriano said he opposed the said plan, but he was overruled by other members of the Sangguniang Bayan.

    “Even if Mayor Ramos was able to secure an authorization from the SB to buy Antonio Mateo, the transaction remain illegal because they bought the land from Mateo’s daughter, Aurea,” he said noting that the authorization is specific for transaction between the Ramos and the older Mateo.

    However, to make matters worst, Adriano discovered last Monday that the older Mateo was already dead since March 4, 2009; while the sale of the land was consummated on November 27, 2009.

    Documents also showed that the older Mateo sold his 5,104 square meter land to his daughter Aurea for only P1.5-million on November 16, 2009.

    Eleven days later, Aurea sold it to Municipality of Sta. Maria for P11,739,200 as shown in a deed of absolute sale signed by both Mayor Ramos and Aurea Mateo  which was notarized last November 27.

    However, another notarized deed of absolute sale for the said land showed that Ramos paid only a total of P2.8-million.

    Documents also showed that the two deed of absolute sale have the same document, page and book number when notarized by a certain Atty. Benjamin Tiongson of Novaliches, Quezon City.

    Asked on the timing of the filing of the complaint, Adriano said that it took him a while to build up his evidence.

    He said that he already asked fellow members of the Sangguniang Bayan last week to conduct an investigation, but no one dared to lift a finger. 


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