House to Summon Former Justice Secretary Devanadera

Justice Secretary Agnes DevanaderaThe House Committee on Justice has summoned former Solicitor General and Former Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera to appear during a public hearing today on the disputed 23.7 hectare property in Quezon City. 

Rep. Niel Tupas, Jr. (5th District, Iloilo), chairman of the House panel, said Devanadera was invited to appear before the House investigation to shed light on the matter.

Aside from Devanadera, a certain "Mr. Reynour Nacionales", a clerk in the Solicitor General's Office in 2006 was also invited to appear before the House body.

Tupas said Devanadera and Nacionales will be asked to explain why the Solicitor General's Office failed to appeal the decision of the court awarding the disputed property to a suspected land grabber Wilfredo Torres. 

Tupas said Nacionales, IT officer I at the Case Management Service of the OSG, failed to submit the document containing the June 28, 2006 decision of the Court of Appeals to the lawyers of the OSG handling the case.

Nacionales allegedly hid the decision of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Tita Marilyn Payoyo-Villordon recognizing Torres as the owner of the disputed land.

Tupas said the documents that Nacionales failed to submit to the OSG were material evidence for the OSG to file an appeal in behalf of the homeowners and other complainants with the Court of Appeals regarding the contested property being claimed by Torres.

A complaint-affidavit filed by Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) Remigio Panga and Senior State Solicitor Jane Yu against their own co-employee Nacionales was submitted to the House Committee on Justice. 

The complaint-affidavit showed that Nacionales received on July 4, 2006 a copy of the June 28, 2006 decision as shown by the stamped markings in the document. 

Panga and Yu in the complaint said no copy of the Decision was docketed, filed and routed to the handling lawyer at that time ASG Nestor Ballacillo.

Panga said the OSG lawyers handling the case was not informed about the official OSG copy of the June 28, 2006 decision and that up to now no official OSG copy of the decision has been found.