The Philippine National Police (PNP) has been highly criticized for its alleged inaction over a land dispute that turned bloody at the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.
Dr. Marichi F. Ramos urged PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to look into the August 27 incident that left five people wounded.
Ramos said her group went to the resort island to inspect the site after winning a complaint with the PNP’s Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agency (SOSIA) against two security agencies staying in the area with a pending land dispute.
She claimed that Boracay police did not respond even after they called for help when shots were fired and two people were wounded.
Ramos is the attorney-in-fact of Dolora Khanna, who purchased a 5,000 square-meter lot in Boracay Island in 2007, and who started the construction of villas for tourists.
She said the original owner of the property, Atty. Lucas C. Licerio, was paid almost P40 million for the property but he “maneuvered” local courts to regain the land last year.
Sr. Supt. Jomil John Trio, chief of Police Regional Office’s Civil Security Group (CSG), said the decision of Ramos to go to the resort was a wrong move.
Trio explained the order to remove the security guards was implemented and there was no need for Ramos and her group to go there.
Trio also emphasized the PNP cannot go inside the resort without a court order./WDJ