MCIAA in­sists: Won’t payP482M lot rentals

Mac­tan-Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port Au­thor­ity (MCIAA) Gen­eral Man­ager Steve Dicdi­can re­it­er­ated that he will not pay Chi­nese busi­ness­man Richard Unchuan of the rentals of the air­port lot he has claimed own­er­ship.

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Dicdi­can said he is not afraid of Unchuan de­spite Unchuan’s man­i­fes­ta­tion be­fore the court to cite him in con­tempt for ut­ter­ing state­ments be­fore the me­dia that ap­peared to be “con­tu­ma­cious and show com­plete dis­re­gard of the sub­ju­dice rule.”

Lapu-Lapu City Re­gional Trial Court Judge Ester Veloso is­sued an or­der dated Oc­to­ber 6 for Dicdi­can to ex­plain why he should not be cited in con­tempt of court.

The Supreme Court last year had or­dered the MCIAA to pay Unchuan P482 mil­lion in rentals for the use of the prop­erty found in the air­port.

Last year, the SC de­cided in fa­vor of Unchuan and has or­dered MCIAA to pay for the rental fees.

“Com­pli­ance of the Supreme Court de­ci­sion is not on the ta­ble. If we do not fight this now, MCIAA will be­come bank­rupt and there will be no air­port left,” said Dicdi­can.

He said he would rather spend all of their re­sources chal­leng­ing these “lu­di­crous claims” rather than hand over all their hard-earned money with­out a fight.

Dicdi­can said the gov­ern­ment al­ready bought the lots Unchuan is claim­ing and this fact is even ad­mit­ted and af­firmed by writ­ten sworn ac­counts of the landown­ers, yet the courts fa­vored the lat­ter.

He said Unchuan is al­legedly backed up by some mem­bers of the lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­nity. Dicdi­can in­sin­u­ated that these Chi­nese back­ers are al­legedly well con­nected.

Ac­cord­ing to the SC rul­ing, the MCIAA is a co-owner of the prop­erty and Dicdi­can said a co-owner can use the prop­erty for free and should have been charged with in­ter­est, not rent.

Dicdi­can said the MCIAA is even will­ing to re­pur­chase the lot from Unchuan in the amount of P130,000 based on all deeds of sales while Unchuan is claim­ing P2.5 bil­lion.

Unchuan has threat­ened to file cases, in­clud­ing dis­bar­ment, against Dicdi­can for his de­fi­ance of the court or­der.

“Mr. Unchuan, I am not afraid of you. I will de­vote all of this of­fice’s re­sources, all of my per­sonal re­sources and all of my fam­ily’s re­sources against you…and that per­son who we all know is be­hind you,” Dicdi­can said.

He also threat­ened to go af­ter the lawyers of Unchuan. Dicdi­can said that Unchuan can only col­lect from MCIAA if he and the en­tire mem­bers of the board are re­moved from of­fice.

“On a more per­sonal level, I am do­ing this so that my son and the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion will not be de­prived of the op­por­tu­ni­ties that our air­port will bring,” he added.

Dicdi­can is also plan­ning to file ad­min­is­tra­tive cases against the court sher­iff who al­legedly tried to en­force the court rul­ing dis­re­gard­ing the cor­rect pro­ce­dure.

Even the judges who is­sued the re­con­sti­tuted ti­tles on the MCIA lots will be in­cluded in the bar­rage of cases that Dicdi­can will be fil­ing.

“MCIAA is un­der no obli­ga­tion to pay at this time. I would like to al­lay the fears of the air­port stake­hold­ers that they will be held in in­di­rect con­tempt for not com­ply­ing with the writ of ex­e­cu­tion and the sher­iff’s de­mands. In cat­e­gor­i­cal terms, I am telling you that the court and the sher­iff are wrong. If you de­cide to heed these il­le­gal ma­neu­vers to ex­e­cute an un­just de­ci­sion and han­dover any money owed to MCIAA over to the sher­iff, I will hold you in de­fault and ex­er­cise ev­ery right and le­gal rem­edy, in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to re­scind­ing your con­tracts, ex­clud­ing you from the air­port, or not re­new­ing your con­tracts,” Dicdi­can said.

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