In a press conference SolGen Calida was quoted as saying “You cannot do this to the Filipino people. When you speak against the government of President Duterte, it’s like you’re immaculately clean. you have used your newspaper, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, to shield your shenanigans,” Calida said.
Former Philippine Daily Inquirer owners, the Prieto and Rufino Families, controls Sunvar Realty. The Prieto family also owned the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in the Philippines which reportedly owes the government P1.2 billion of tax liabilities.
Solicitor General Calida also likened Sunvar to the Kadamay urban poor group whose members took over housing units meant for soldiers and police in Bulacan recently.
Sunvar on their part through their legal counsel Alma Mallonga called SolGen Calida’s claim a “gross mischaracterization” of the situation.
SolGen Calida also noted that since 2003 or for the last 14 years and seven months, Sunvar has been squatting, illegally using and occupying the Mile Long Property and despite notices, continued to remain in possession and collect millions of rentals from tenants.