Articles worth reading
SSS

SSS releases P178 million in unemployment benefits

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

The Social Security System (SSS)  said it released P178 million in 2019 under its unemployment benefit or involuntary separation insurance program, which is one of the key features of Republic Act 11199 or the Social Security Act of 2018 which t...

Photo Courtesy PhilStar

MMDA gears up for first Metro Manila Summer Film Festival Parade 

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time4 days ago

Preparations for the first Metro Manila Summer Film Festival picked up on February 7, with an ocular inspection of the proposed route for the Parade of Stars. The Parade of Stars for the MMFF Summer edition will take place at Quezon City on Apr...

PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa / PNA

PNP begins validation of drug list involving erring cops

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time4 days ago

The Philippine National Police (PNP) began the validation of information on the 357 police officers allegedly involved in illegal drugs. "Tomorrow (Thursday), magsisimula na ang regional adjudication [the regional adjudication will start],...

Quezon City News

Payatas

Courts asks QC gov’t to pay families of Payatas victims

account_balanceQuezon City chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) ordered the city government to pay more than P6 million to families of the victims of Payatas dumpsite collapse in July 2000.

In a 133-page decision dated Oct. 30, 2019 and released on January 15, 2020, RTC Branch 27 acting presiding Judge Marilou Tamang ordered the awarding of P110,000 in damages to each of the heirs of the 56 individuals who died in the tragedy.

The court also ordered the payment of PHP100,000 in attorney's fees to the victims.

The city government, under former mayor Brigido Simon Jr., was held liable for enabling the occupation of the area through granting certificates of award to the settlers.

The suit had named the Quezon City government, Metro Manila Development Authority, Tofemi Realty Corp., Meteor Co. Inc., and Ren Transport Corp. for the tragedy which cost the lives of hundreds.

The court noted that most of the plaintiffs were relocated to Payatas as indigents by order of Simon and were issued a certificate of program award which he signed on Oct. 13, 1999.

"As indigents, the plaintiffs and the deceased victims relied on this piece of paper as their hold to the small portion of land on which they built their houses. They cannot be blamed for their indigency and unfamiliarity with the existing rules on community mortgage program; they cannot be blamed if they relied on the acts of then Mayor Simon Jr.," the ruling read.

It also said that if indeed the plaintiffs were informal settlers that had no right to stay in the land, they "should have been demolished and or relocated by the city government to a much safer place".

date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo / CBCP News / Roy Lagarde

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Pabillo as administrator of Archdiocese of Manila

account_balanceManila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Broderick Pabillo as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila. The Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications announced Pabillo’s appointment Monday. “The Holy Father Pope Francis has a...

NDRRMC joins nCoV information campaign

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has joined the government's information dissemination campaign on the 2019-novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV). "The NDRRMC is supporting the informati...

Advertisement