Sta. Lucia Realty and Development Inc. of billionaire Exequiel Robles is set to file an appeal with the Quezon City Regional Trial Court this week to prevent the forced eviction of 19 Vista Real Classica homeowners, a group said Monday.
Sta. Lucia Realty, a subsidiary of publicly-listed Sta. Lucia Land Inc. which reported a net profit of P2.84 billion in 2021, made the assurance during a meeting with the 19 Vista Real Classica homeowners on Sunday.
8990 Housing Development Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of publicly-listed 8990 Holdings Inc., deployed its men to enforce the writ of execution issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 104 on June 7, 2022.
Lawyers of 8990 Housing Development also sent a letter to the affected residents of the reconstituted Lot 116 to inform them that 8990 non-uniformed guards were deployed on strategic points in the area.
The affected homeowners of Vista Real Classica Village asked Sta. Lucia Realty, the seller of the properties, to defend their rights as homeowners, or relocate them to other subdivisions with equivalent values.
“We should not be forcibly evicted until we are properly compensated or given new homes to live in,” the homeowners said.
Sta. Lucia Realty’s legal counsel made a commitment during the Sunday meeting not to abandon the 19 homeowners, who bought the properties in good faith.
The affected homeowners requested that they be relocated to other Sta. Lucia properties with equivalent sizes or values as compensation for the fraudulent act committed against them.
“We, the homeowners, are the ones made to suffer from this land dispute between two large property developers,” said a resident. Othel V. Campos
The homeowners requested that they be allowed to live in their homes safely and free from harassment, while the case is being heard and until the Sta. Lucia management relocated them to their new homes.
The affected homeowners said they were suffering from fears and worries amid the presence of men dispatched by 8990 Housing who are milling around the area.
“We are very much concerned as homeowners, and we hope that Mr. Exequiel Robles as the developer can ably protect and support us,” the homeowners said.
The tension began when the Quezon City RTC Branch 104 ordered the Sheriff to serve a writ of execution on the April 18, 2016 ruling that declared plaintiff Evangeline Puzon, who was substituted by 8990 Housing Development Corp., as the rightful owner of a parcel of land situated within the premises of Vista Real Classica Village.
The defendants in the case were Sta. Lucia Realty & Development Inc. and Garsons Company.
“It is tremendously unfair and unjust on our part to lose our homes amid the land dispute between the large property developers. We have been living and established our families in this village for many years now. The court should have not allowed the sale of the lots to homebuyers in the first place. Why should we be the ones to suffer from this injustice?” the homeowners said.
“It is the concerned developers that should settle their dispute and spare us from this agony,” said the homeowners, who bought the properties from Sta. Lucia in good faith, received lot titles from the Quezon City Registry of Deeds, paid their dues to Sta. Lucia Realty and settled their real property taxes with the Quezon City government.