Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer READ: Perpetual’s win over St. Benilde forfeitedThe Mancom also forfeited Perpetual’s juniors game against La Salle Greenhills, which the latter won, 64-60. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite NCAA Mancom chairman Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian said that the league is still discussing the matter.READ: Tang says game should’ve been forfeited after Altas’ jersey mix-up“We’re still deliberating on it today,” he said.Sources close to the situation noted that Perpetual has already owned up to its mistake of not having its white uniform on time and would have been open if commissioner Bai Cristobal defaulted the game from the get-go.But the confusion came with the decision to go on with the game despite the jersey mix-up.ADVERTISEMENT Designated as the light team for the game, Perpetual played in their maroon jerseys against St. Benilde.READ: NCAA: Perpetual brings wrong set of uniformFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The game still pushed through, but a technical foul was called on the Altas and Matthew Johnson drilled the technical free throw to start the duel.Perpetual is questioning why was it penalized twice, first for the technical and latter on, the forfeiture of the win. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Andy Murray corrects reporter’s ‘sexist’ question 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSlighted by the NCAA’s decision to forfeit its 69-65 victory over St. Benilde on Tuesday, Perpetual filed its own protest before the league’s management committee (Mancom) on Thursday.The Altas are appealing to reverse the NCAA’s earlier decree and uphold their win as they argued that the team were penalized twice for bringing the wrong set of uniforms.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES View comments
Revocation of leases…awards $6.5M in damages, costsFive rice farmers who sued the State over the cancellation of their leases by the Mahaica Maichony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA) have been vindicated by the High Court.Farmers back in 2017 protesting increases in land rental fees by the MMA/ADAIt was the familiar court battle between former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and his successor, Basil Williams, who was named as a respondent on behalf of the State. In the court ruling handed down by Justice Priya Seenarine-Beharry, farmer Sonita Bristol of West Coast Berbice (WCB) was awarded $1 million as damages and $300,000 in costs.The court ruled that the revocation of her lease was null and void and granted injunctions preventing the MMA/ADA from moving against her land. It also ordered the third named respondent to give up the land.Bristol, whose land was located south of the MMA main canal in Number 40 Village, West Coast Berbice, claimed in her affidavit that she learnt of her lease being cancelled without notice on March 18, 2016, through a notice in the newspaper. She subsequently learned that her land was occupied by Nigel Gordon, the third named respondent in her claim.Meanwhile, a similar ruling was made in the case of Chalyn Ann McKalman, who took Attorney General Basil Williams, on behalf of the State, the MMA/ADA and Mark and Joseph Ross to court over her land.In the cases of Sharon Solomon, Fariel Johnson and Doreen Monah, they were also awarded $1 million in damages and $300,000 in costs. Monah, in particular, argued in her affidavit that after being dispossessed of her land by the MMA/ADA, it was awarded to other people.In Solomon’s affidavit, she detailed that before her lease was revoked, her land was occupied by the Seafield Co-op, which rented her land to a farmer known as “Big bull”. This farmer, the affidavit states, was forcefully removed from said land by the Co-op, which instead of giving it to her, rented it to the fourth named respondent, Lincoln Samaroo.Besides awarding them their damages and costs, the court also issued an injunction restraining MMA/ADA from interfering with the farmers’ land.It was only in 2015 that another set of farmers – Phillip Johnson, Rupert Blackman and Rawle Miller – had filed legal action against the MMA/ADA, challenging the cancellation of State land leases in the rear of Seafield, West Coast Berbice.The farmers had claimed that the leases were granted by former President Donald Ramotar and only the Head of State has the right to make such a cancellation.After months of hearing, former Chief Justice Ian Chang in February of 2016 quashed the cancellation of the leases in favour of the farmers.However, the farmers said they were subsequently informed by General Manager of MMA/ADA Aubrey Charles that President Granger has cancelled their leases. Besides their leases being revoked, farmers also had to deal with land rental fee increases.