DAR done with inspection of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park

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gma on lineThe Department of Agrarian Reform completed their inspection of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park in Rosario, Batangas on Friday and will review the case to check whether it violates the land reform law.

According to a report on "24 Oras" aired Saturday evening, the DAR will see if they need further information or additional documents on the property.

In an earlier report, Senator Miriam Defenso-Santiago said the land should should be subject to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

"It's not possible that agricultural land, which appears to be the nature of Rosario in Batangas should be left alone like this," she said earlier this month.

She said that under the law, individuals can only own up to five hectares of land.

According to DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, they were not ordered to conduct the inspection and it is simply part of an internal investigation into the implementation of CARP.

The inspection is meant to find out if land conversion from agricultural to commercial land was done and to trace the owner of the park. Sunchamp officials will be given a chance to address the DAR's findings.

The sprawling industrial park is one of the subjects of a Senate investigation into allegations of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

According to Binay's critics, the vice president owns the property and not businessman Antonio Tiu's Sunchamp Real Estate Development Corp.

Binay has denied this and other allegations, saying they are part of a campaign to discredit him. — Jessica Bartoloma/JDS, GMA News