NBI arrests abogado, 4 others for selling gov’t property in Boracay for 40M
Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation nabbed five persons including a lawyer who sold inalienable land in Boracay Island.
Arrested during an entrapment operation in Pasay City were Gina Y. Talapian, Lorelei G. Tarrosa ,Jason Lacso, Chuanlin Yang and Atty. Jacquelin Anne Yao.
They were arrested by elements of the NBI Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD). The group faces charges of syndicated estafa.
The group managed to convince a corporation to buy a 7,988 square meter property in Brgy. Balagbag, Boracay ,a popular tourist destination 440 kilometers south of Manila for more than P 40 million.
Some P 38 million had been received by the individuals from the buyers despite the fact that the fenced property bore signs proclaiming that it is property of the government and not for sale.
Two of the suspects, Talapian and Tarrosa represented themseles as heirs of Libertad Yap-Talapian and entered into a contract on January 26,2017 for the sale of the property,
The buyers , on March 6, 2017 requested to verify the status of the property with the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
But on August 2017, they were formally informed by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) that the property is covered by Proclamation No. 1065 placing Boracay under government protection as inalienable forest land.
Despite the findings , the suspects still represented to the buyers that they could obtain subsequent government permission for the sale of the land and demanded the payment of outstanding payments, prompting the complainants to approach the NBI for assistance.