Davao judge orders release of 4 young activists after posting bail

August 31, 2012 12:57 am 

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 30 -– The Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) judge here has ordered Wednesday afternoon the release of four young activists “arbitrarily arrested” by police after posting bail for temporary liberty.

MTCC Executive Judge Jill Rose Jaugan-Lo ordered the release of Joselito Lagon Jr., John Michael Lim, Wyrlo Enero and Johnny Urbina after they posted a total of P12,500 bail bond for their temporary liberty from three cases filed by the police against them.

The four young activists who called themselves Le Jardin 4 were assisting the residents and occupants of a 20-hectare property being claimed by the Villa Abrille family and where the posh Le Jardin subdivision was being developed.

They were arrested by the police during a commotion at the contested area in Purok 13, Bugac, Ma-a, this city last August 24.

Residents of Bariquit Compound resisted the fencing off of the Le Jardin compound since it had encroached on their property which is still a subject of court litigation and a status quo order was being issued by the court. The fencing blocked the ingress and egress of the residents also in violation of the status quo order.

With the backing of the police force from the Talomo Police Station, backhoe operators went on the digging operation in the area which has already destroyed the plants and trees on the property in question.

At least 28 families have been occupying the 20-hectare property called as Bariquit compound which is also claimed by the Villa Abrille family. But the occupants asserted their ownership on the property and branded the land title presented by the Villa Abrilles as “fake”. The property has been a subject of a court case since the 1970s.

Talomo Police Station commander Supt. Dionisio Abude earlier said their presence in the area is to maintain the peace and order.

During the fencing, police claimed residents and youth activists resisted and “stoned and mauled” the back hoe operator, prompting the police to arrest them. The youths were charged with slight physical injuries, malicious mischief and resistance and serious disobedience to persons in authority.

But the Le Jardin 4 denied the charges. (PNA)

LAP/JESSIE L. CASALDA/LDP/UTB

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