Donor’s heir seeks tax amnesty

Mindanao Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Julianne A. Suarez

THE HEIRS of the land donor of the Agdao Pub­lic Mar­ket are seek­ing the as­sis­tance of the city for a realty tax amnesty on an­other prop­erty.

Emma Reyes-Ampil, in a let­ter ad­dressed to the coun­cil, is re­quest­ing for a tax amnesty on in­her­ited prop­er­ties sit­u­ated in Agdao and Obrero.

In the let­ter, Ampil said the to­tal as­sessed realty tax by the City due on her in­her­ited prop­erty, cov­ered by TCT No. 204068 and TCT No. 102254, is P1,004,216.45 as of April 2018.

Ampil said she in­her­ited the prop­erty from her par­ent Lour­des Iñigo Reyes, “who dur­ing her life­time do­nated a 9,527 square me­ters, more or less, par­cel of land which is now used by the City of Davao as the Agdao Pub­lic


Ampil said her mother do­nated the prop­erty to the City of Davao on Jan. 29, 1952.

The en­tire area was sup­posed to be de­voted as a mar­ket site. How­ever, in the Sketch Plan, the Agdao Barangay Hall and Agdao Al­lied Trans­port Ter­mi­nal, which is no longer op­er­at­ing, were also con­structed in the prop­erty.

She de­scribed the gen­eros­ity on the part of her par­ents have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly in the de­vel­op­ment of the City of Davao.

“I humbly sub­mit that it can­not be de­nied that the said do­nated prop­erty had im­pacted tremen­dously the so­cio and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties, par­tic­u­larly in Agdao District, of this City,” she said.

“It like­wise spawned busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, not only for busi­ness­men but also agri­cul­tural stake­hold­ers in Davao City and neigh­bor­ing prov­inces,” she added.

“Please be in­formed how­ever that this re­quest is not in­tended to de­mand com­pen­sa­tion for the gen­eros­ity as it is not the in­ten­tion. How­ever due to a call of a re­al­ity in life--the ebbs, con­strained us to humbly seek some com­fort and re­lief in the kind­ness of this Coun­cil for a tax amnesty,” Reyes-Ampil said.

The said re­quest was passed un­der first read­ing dur­ing last Tues­day’s reg­u­lar ses­sion of the City Coun­cil.

The Coun­cil’s Com­mit­tee on Fi­nance, Ways and Means, and Ap­pro­pri­a­tions, chaired by Coun­cilor Danilo Dayanghi­rang, is tasked to look into the re­quest.

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