Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Oversight hearing being planned to tackle Yona property

In light of issues surrounding a certificate of title for a multimillion dollar property in Yona, an oversight hearing is being planned by the Guam Legislature to not only address the matter, but look into all the land titles within the Department of Land Management.

"First of all," said Senator Tom Ada, "land is a very important asset to anyone especially here on an island where land is a very limited commodity."  And down in Yona, at least one piece of property has been the focus of attention for the past year. Most recently, former senator Robert Klitzkie raised issue over a "bogus" certificate of title for the mega-million dollar former Accion Hotel property, now known as the Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

Senator Ada, the Committee on Land oversight chairman, says he is aware of the concern, adding, "First of all, on the particular issue of the seminary, I have not intervened on the matter because I believe Senator Klitzkie has done an excellent job in doing his research and he has brought it to the attention of the appropriate parties - the Department of Land Management and the Attorney General's Office. And I think from those meetings, it has been acknowledged as to what actions are needed to be taken to rectify the concerns that have been raised by Senator Klitzkie."

Department of Land Management director Michael Borja has acknowledged an error in the title has been corrected, however, Klitzkie believes it was not done properly. "I do have my concerns in view of the fact that in the beginning it was acknowledged that when an error like this occurs it has to be rectified, formally rectified in the court system and that has not taken place," he shared. "In fact, it was an in-office sort of correction and that does cause me some concern, because if the law, as Senator Klitzkie states requires you take this to the court system to make the corrections, that's probably where we should have done the corrections."

And while he hasn't intervened, Ada says he instead will be conducting an oversight hearing not just to address this particular issue but all land titles within DLM. "Because if this has occurred, what assurance will we have that this won't occur again, and to get a better understanding for the committee for how to do we rectify when situations like this come up and what is the process," he said.

Director Borja says a draft was prepared but was never submitted, executed or filed in court because both DLM and the Archbishop of Agana Corporation Sole were able to meet and correct the error together. The AG's Office had no comment on the matter.

As for the oversight, no date has been at this time.

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