NBI Recommends Raps Against Noynoy Aquino Kin, Over Boracay Mess

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) recommended raps to be filed against officials of three resorts in Boracay who happened to be close kin of former Pres. Noynoy Aquino alongside former and incumbent local officials over Boracay mess.

In separate referrals dated September 17 and August 20, which were filed with the DOJ on Monday, November 19, 2018, the NBI recommended charges against officials of Kingfisher's Farm, Skygarden de Boracay and Playa Asya Resort Inc.

According to the NBI, among those named in the charges by the NBI Task Force Boracay is a second cousin of former Pres. Noynoy Aquino, identified as Ramon O. Cojuangco Jr. and Ma. Teresa E. Cojuangco. The two were named by NBI in their capacity as president and treasurer, respectively, of Playa Asya Resort Inc. The two are also principal stockholders of the firm’s parent company Gorgeous Holdings.

“It is recommended that Gorgeous Holdings, its affiliate corporation Asya Premier, represented by its officers, Ramon O. Cojuangco ,Jr. et al be charged with violation of Sec. 78 (unlawful occupation or destruction of forest lands) of PD 705,” NBI Deputy Director Antonio Pagatpat said.

The controversial firm run Asya Boracay and Asya Premier Suites, which is located at Sitio Cagban, Barangay Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. Also named by the NBI were other officials of the firm, namely Arturo B. Diago, Ma. Auxiliadora E. Co and Patricia Montinola.

Aside from the Aquino kin, named in separate referrals for prosecution were Skygarden De Boracay Corp. officers namely Philip L. Vhua, Marilyn S. Wong, Fernando A. Soriano, Yong Wan and Li Juan Wan and Arch. Lara Arac-Salaver, owner of Kingfisher Farm.

Likewise named in the NBI recommendation was municipal zoning administrator Alma S. Belejerdo who issued preliminary approval and locational clearance on zoning to Gorgeous Holdings in 2007 despite the issuance of Proclamation 1064 on 2006.

Malay town Mayor John P. Yap and incumbent mayor Ceciron S. Cawaling made the same violation when they illegally issued mayor’s permits to the firms during their terms.

Source: PNA

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