Lawyer asks PNP to revoke permit of security agency over illegal takeover of property in Boracay

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ILOILO CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has been asked to revoke the permit of a security agency over its role in the alleged illegal takeover of a property at world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.

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PHOTO shows villas located at the Licerio Estates at world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.  (Photo courtesy Atty. Lucas Licerio)

Lawyer Lucas C. Licerio urged the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) to terminate or suspend the permit of Safety Protection Yielders Security Agency (SPY) Security Agency ovber the incident.

Licerio pleaded in a letter dated May 2 to Police Col. Marlou Roy Alzate, SOSIA chief, to act against SPY Security Agency. “The security agency is implementing unlawful orders from its client,” Licerio said.

He said that SPY security guards have taken over armed men and assumed jurisdiction over the Licerio Estates since April 24.

SPY security guards reportedly denied entry to individuals who have private villas inside the Licerio Estates, including foreign nationals from Canada and Russia.

This was the latest incident in a more than a decade-long legal battle over the Licerio Estates.

Licerio, who represented his family as co-heirs, initially sold 700-square meters of the more than one-hectare property to Dolora Khanna in May 2007.

Not long after, Khanna filed an injunction plea against Licerio to vacate the entire property. 

The injunction plea that was eventually denied by the court in Kalibo, Aklan led to the discovery that Khanna falsified documents that made it appear that she owned the entire Licerio Estates. She also sold portions of the land that she did not own.

Khanna would later be convicted of estafa through falsification of public documents by a court in Kalibo. She had a warrant of arrest but she reportedly has fled the country.

Licerio said that before Khanna left the country, Khanna  tapped Marichi Ramos of Bacolod City to be the attorney-in-fact to manage the Licerio Estates.

Ramos allegedly took over the management of the estate that Khanna does not legally own while claiming she has legal rights over the land.

Police reports said Ramos and German national Charles Schmidt went to the Licerio Estates on the night of April 23 with armed men to physically take over the property.

By April 24, SPY guards came to the Licerio Estates to render duty for the camp of Ramos and Schmidt.

“The SPY guards, therefore, are committing illegal and criminal acts either as principals or accessory in violation of their sworn duty as deputized agents of the PNP to uphold the law,” said Licerio in the letter to Alzate.

Licerio called on SPY Security Agency “to immediately cancel or terminate its contract with Ramos or anybody acting on her behalf involving Licerio Estates.”

A copy of the letter was also furnished Police Brig. Gen. Jack Wanky, Police Regional Office-6 chief.