This day starts the Senate Inquiry to investigate the alleged 8.7 billion "road right-of-way scam" in GenSan. This investigation is led by Senate committee on Public Works, chaired by Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Blue Ribbon, chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon.
The office of Senator Pacquiao, who initiated the conduct of the senate inquiry on the RROW controversy last year, has been coordinating the preparations for the senate inquiry. Among the invited resource persons were officials of the city assessor’s office and the registry of deeds as well as regional and national officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Roberto Catapang Jr., the “scam’s” whistle blower, has also confirmed to attend the hearing. The hearing is in GenSan's Sangguniang Panlungsod building.
I have heard different stories pertaining to this scam. For example, some of its victims are Lumads who do not have any idea that their lands have been sold. Others act as a "middleman" and claim large amount of money from the land transactions.
This senate investigation will help unravel other similar cases in the country
and expose other high profile personalities who are involve on this issue.