Man, mother-in-law charged with falsifying documents to claim land ownership

ANOTHER claimant and his alleged cohort of the controversial property in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City, are charged with multiple cases at the National Bureau of Investigation Central Visayas (NBI 7) after allegedly falsifying documents to show ownership of the land.

NBI Mandaue officials, led by Agent-in-Charge Arnel Pura and Senior Agent Niño Rodriguez, conducted a press conference with Acting Assistant City Assessor Julius Ceasar Entise on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at the NBI Mandaue Office and presented nine allegedly fake documents submitted by a certain Raul V. Canoy and his mother-in-law Socorro C. Bitoon, a.k.a. Socorro Bitoon-Narvasa.

The 400-square-meter land was then claimed by the Mandaue City Government as its property under the City's charter.

Among the documents presented were tax declarations, deed of absolute sale, original certificate of title, transfer certificate of title, survey records, Land Registration Authority Report and an Environmental Compliance Certificate.

Entise said Canoy, who bought the land with Bitoon, used the following documents in his several transactions with government agencies such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other local government units.

Canoy and Bitoon were charged with eight counts of Falsification by Private Individual and Use of Public Documents as defined and penalized under Article 172 in relation to Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code by the Mandaue City Assessors Office and another nine counts of the same charges by the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office. (HIC)