Tiglao: While Arroyo had a proclamation to save Boracay, Aquino and Roxas made it a cesspool

Veteran journalist Rigoberto “Bobi” Tiglao said that former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Proclamation 1064 on May 2006 saying that Boracay should be 40 percent forestland and 60 percent agricultural land.
Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Mar Roxas and Former president Noynoy Aquino / Composite photos from Metrocebu, Philippines Star and ABS-CBN

He says that in Arroyo's proclamation simply meant that forestland cannot be privately owned and that any resort or residence that is occupying the area should be relocated or banished.

It was also said in the proclamation that agricultural land can be privately owned if the state declares it to be alienable. Not only that, but also, these private entities must register via homestead or sales patent.

Tiglao says that he has sources saying that Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas blocked this proclamation by challenging it in the Supreme Court.

However, sources in the resort island claimed that Mar Roxas—whom President Benigno Aquino 3rd planned would succeed him—took up the cudgels for the Boracay elites who claimed to be landowners there,” Tiglao said.

After two years, the high court issued a unanimous decision upholding the proclamation of Arroyo.

It said that the whole island was state property and all claims of ownership was declared invalid.

In line with this, people claiming ownership of the land were told to look into other modes of applying for the registration. However, amidst this, no one has attempted to apply for ownership, the high court says.

It is said that Arroyo's proclamation was not let out to the public so people were not aware of such decree. Even government-owned PAGCOR was issuing permits to private and foreign entities.
Former President Noynoy Aquino / Photo from Rappler

Tiglao goes as far to say that when former President Benigno “Noynoy Aquino III assumed the presidency, he did not implement the proclamation, thus resorting to land grabbing in the island and many of the areas being privately owned by hotels and resorts.

This, Tiglao says, is the reason why Western Visayas is yellow and is used by the Liberal Party to forward its cause.

Aquino’s stance was a political boon for the Yellow Cult. Western Visayas (Panay provinces) became the prime Yellow bastion. In the 2010 elections 52 percent of its voters voted for Aquino and 64 percent for Roxas, percentages of landslide support for a candidate unmatched by any other region. Even in the 2016 elections, a phenomenal landslide-level 60 percent of Panay voted for Roxas, with only 14 percent for Duterte, his very worst performance,” he said.

Source: Manila Times
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