NBI arrests, charges 2 persons for ‘selling land they do not own’

Published July 14, 2021, 6:34 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested two persons in Tanza, Cavite for reportedly selling 8,632 square meters of land “they do not own.”

NBI Officer-in-Charge Director Eric B. Distor identified those arrested as Julieta V. Santos and Renato Francisco.

Distor said they have been presented before the Cavite Provincial Prosecutor’s Office on charges of estafa, falsification of public documents, use of falsified documents, and perjury.

The NBI statement issued on Wednesday, July 14, stated that Santos and Francisco were arrested last July 8 by agents of the NBI’s National Capital Region office (NBI-NCR) after receiving P1 million in marked money.

It said the complaint was filed by the owner of the land in Cavite.

“The complainant found that the subjects unlawfully represented themselves as the owners of the 8,632-square-meter property and even sold multiple small portions to various parties,” the NBI said.

“Complainant also discovered that the subjects falsified a Real Estate Mortgage (REM) Agreement with the intention of foreclosing the property,” it said.

It also said the property was bought by the complainant in 2005 from Antonio Altiveros and Emelita Altiveros.

“Sometime in July 2015, complainant visited the property and was surprised to see a structure erected on her property. Complainant then lodged a complaint before the Barangay where the property is situated,” the NBI said.