Chen Aquino | May 20, 2015

MANILA, Philippines - The Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDevCo) held a much awaited press conference at The Forest Lodge in Camp John Hay, Baguio City. The said conference aims to inform the people of the present status of CJHDevCo thirty (30) days after the sheriff served the Sobrepeña-led group a notice to vacate the Camp John Hay premises after thirty (30) days. This will only be the case if and only if the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) decides to pay up P1.4 B worth of debts and leases to CJHDevCo. As for both parties, the sheriff gave a notice of thirty (30) days to fulfill each party's obligation. However, the deadline for CJHDevCo is today, May 20, 2015.

"There was no due process to every single property owner in CJH", says Chairman Robert John Sobrepeña who emphasized the importance of third parties such as investors, homeowners, and unit owners. These third parties invested in good faith and must not be in any way involved in the dispute between CJHDevCo and BCDA.

"We have people here who spend P40M on their homes, basic constitutional right, must have due process", added Sobrepeña. With twelve (12) lawyers standing up for the Sobrepeña-led group, CJHDevCo is determined to protect and support the rights of investors.

Not a surprise to many, CJHDevCo was granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from the Court of Appeals. The TRO will greatly affect the deadline to vacate, as it would suspend the said notice for sixty (60) days more. A sigh of relief to CJHDevCo and its third parties, all residents and members of CJH can now relax as the TRO’s hard copy is on its way.

Much to BCDA’s dismay, the Sobrepeña-led group will have to extend its stay on the much coveted Camp John Hay grounds up until their sixty (60) days are up or if the former decides to fulfill its legal obligation.

Stay informed and watch the whole press conference here.