SM files new raps vs. Capitol,
counter suit for damages eyed
BY CARLA GOMEZ
SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) has again filed charges against the Negros Occidental provincial government officials led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and this time, has included AyalaLand Inc. (ALI).
In Civil Case No. 14-14323 it filed before Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 48, SMPHI is seeking the nullification of a deed of conditional sale and contract of lease between the Negros Occidental provincial government and ALI involving the Capitol’s 7.7-hectare prime property in Bacolod City.
The governor yesterday said indigent residents of Negros Occidental, who have been affected by the delay in the lease and sale of the Capitol property because of legal actions taken by SMPHI, may file a damage suit for billions of pesos against the firm as pauper litigants.