LINGAYEN–I am not a land grabber.
This was the terse statement in a video posted by Second District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil in his Facebook account in reply to a black propaganda against him.
‘It’s saddening that I’m being subjected to black propaganda. They say Bataoil is a land grabber. That is not true,” he said.
He said he will not claim ownership of something he does not own.
He said the seven-hectare nature’s eco-park in Barangay Pangapisan Norte is a government property, a public land. “I am merely helping the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to preserve and protect it against professional squatters,” Bataoil said.
He said the properties in his name were acquired legally by buying it.
The other issue raised against him is the 185-hectare property in Barangay Malimpuec covered by Presidential Proclamation number 1258 series of 1998 which is also a government property, a public land.
“This is not owned by anyone, even the governor, congressman, mayor, cannot claim ownership to it,” Bataoil said. He said, “I am merely helping the DENR to protect the property from being land grabbed by some people,” he added.
He said the purpose of this presidential proclamation is very specific—for eco-tourism and
he has also plans consistent with its purpose which he will coordinate with the Department of Tourism, DENR, and other concerned agencies.
“You will be happy once this development plan for tourism pushes through,” he said. (PhilStar Wire Service)
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