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NCIP commissioner clarifies Baguio dairy farm calt issue

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (27 February) -- The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) En Banc's decision of awarding a Certificate of Ancestral Land Title (CALT) to a 78-hectare Baguio Dairy Farm lot is based on the evidences and facts presented.

This was stressed by NCIP Commissioner Eugenio Ensigne in a press briefing Thursday.

According to Ensigne, he was out of the country when the other NCIP commissioners En Banc, decided on the case. He also explained that he is not avoiding the issue, "hindi ko iniiwas ang sarili ko, though I also agree that the decision was correct, as it is based on the evidences and facts presented," Ensigne said.

The NCIP commissioner En Banc, acting as a judicial body, decided on the case through a majority vote and the Department of Justice through a resolution also provides basis for NCIP to grant CALTs in Baguio City, Ensigne added.

Ensigne also stressed that the NCIP also welcomes any legal petitions against the Commission's resolution on the involved Dairy Farm Lot and that they are also willing to repeal the resolutions if the court so orders.

The case should be put into close and if there are any other petitions, it should be brought into the proper and legal procedure, in the hand of an impartial body to resolve and not through media attacks, Ensigne said. If there were really evidences, contradicting the NCIP resolution on the case, then it should be brought to the proper/legal court for resolution, he added.

The 78-hectare Dairy Farm Lot involved in the issue was being disputed by the heirs of Ikang Paus and Mateo Carino, who both claim the disputed lot as part of their ancestral land. The NCIP, through an En Banc Resolution ruled in favor of the heirs of Ikang Paus. (PIA) [top]

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