SENATOR Richard Gordon urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to charge officials of Land Registration Authority (LRA) involved in the P8.7 billion road right-of-way (ROW) scam.
Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, made the call following the inquiry of ROW anomaly on a four-lane 33-kilometer highway in General Santos City in 2013.
“I call on DoJ Secretary (Menardo) Guevarra to conduct a thorough investigation on the LRA regarding the modus operandi of falsifying documents that has been ingrained in the system of land title registration,” said Gordon.
Senator Manny Pacquiao pressed for an in-depth probe after complaints that government officials are involved in the anomaly.
Gordon believes that syndicates collected the ROW payments.
Payments for the ROW claims passed through a chain in the bureaucracy from the LRA, DPWH, local assessor’s office, and assessor’s office.
Gordon said he does not believe former DPWH Secretary Singson was involved as he undertook extra diligence in having the land titles verified.
“If the LRA is not revamped, the public will lose trust on the most important pillars of business and property ownership which is the title,” he added.
Although the registration of land titles at LRA has been digitized, still Gordon was not convinced by the system as it could be corrupted.
The senator called on the DPWH to make public announcements of its projects to safeguard public coffers.