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October 04 2015

THAT in 1990’s there was this PHILIPPINE COMMUNITY CENTER SOCIETY (PCCS);

THAT PCCS was formed to put up a community center the Filipino Community cancall its own;

THAT OSCAR TIU, owner of the now defunct OSCAR TRAVEL, and MARS PUNZALAN,now deceased, were instrumental in setting up the mechanism to have PCCS be supported by the Filipino community;

THAT the community thru various fundraising events was able to raise approximately $200,000.00;

THAT the funds raised was placed in trust;

THAT in 1995, MARS DELA CRUZ, and his team took over control of PCCS and never relinquished control till its dissolution.

THAT PCCS is now officially dissolved due to non compliance of regulations of BC Registry

to file annual report;

THAT PCCS filed its annual report last in 2011;

According to sources, the following transpired from the time MARS DELA CRUZ and his team took control of PCCS up to the date it was officially dissolved in August 2014.

THAT the City of Surrey leased 1.7 hectares of property with 2 standing building structures to PCCS to be used for the purpose of putting up the Philippine Community Center;

THAT the address of the property as filed was 13683 Hilton Road, Surrey, B.C. V3R 5J8;

THAT one of the buildings was a housing unit and therefore was utilized as such;

THAT in 2001 the City of Surrey eventually sold said property to PCCS FOR $550,000.00;

THAT PCCS mortgaged the property to KHALSA Credit union in the amount of $525,000.00 at prime plus 1.5% interest per annum with provision to pay interest only on monthly basis.

THAT unpaid taxes on the land accumulated and the City of Surrey threatened to auction it off;

THAT TREENEE LOPEZ, TERRY DREXLER LOPEZ, TEODORA LOPEZ, and BELEN LUMAPAS supposedly came forward to pay the back taxes amounting to about $58,000;

THAT eventually in 2008, the property was sold for $2,025,000.00;

THAT in 2010, PCCS bought a piece of land at 9420 Beckwith Road, Richmond, for $1,275,000.

THAT PCCS bought said property to build the Philippine Community Center even if it has Restrictive Covenant per Reg. No. Z69821 Cert. of Title No.253010E which disallows certain structures to be built within;

THAT on November 26, 2010, PCCS mortgaged the 9420 Beckwith Road property to ANTRIM BALANCED MORTGAGE FUND for $800,000 at 7.95% per annum with provision to pay interest only at $5,400.00 per month;

THAT on March 2013, PCCS sold said 9420 Beckwith Road Property for $930,000.00 to GF HERITAGE HOUSE LTD.

Because of the above transactions, the community cannot reconcile figures as there was neither consultation whatsoever nor news pertaining to acquisition and sales and again acquisition and sales of properties supposed to be for the proposed Philippine Community Center. Now there is no money, no property, and no Philippine Community Centre. There are questions to be answered. The BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PCCS from 1992 till its dissolution in 2014 should be able to give the Filipino community the answers.

IF the property was bought from the City of Surrey for $550,000.00 and was mortgaged for $525,000.00, what happened to the $200,000.00 community fund?

IF TREENEE LOPEZ and COMPANY WAS PAID $58,000 to pay the supposedly money they loaned to PCCS to pay off accumulated back taxes, and the property was sold for $2,025,000.00 – what happened to the remainder of the money?

IF 9420 Beckwith Road property was bought FOR $1,275,000.00, is the balance of money from sale of Surrey property not enough to buy it without taking any mortgage of $800,000.00?

IF 9420 Beckwith Road property was bought for $1,275,000.00 why was it sold for only $930,000.00?

IF the rumors that 9420 Beckwith Road was listed by new owner for around $2,000,000 in 2015, then PCCS must account for the unconscionable sale of the property in 2013.

The pictures of PCCS Directors appeared in the write up in the January 2012 issue of VANCOUVER TIMES.

CAN THESE DIRECTORS AND PAST DIRECTORS PLEASE GIVE THE COMMUNITY THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS? LET THOSE WHO COMMITTED THIS IRRESPONSIBLE ACT COME OUT OR COME CLEAR TO BRING CLOSURE TO THIS DARK EPISODE IN THE HISTORY OF THE FILIPINOS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. ONCE CLOSURE IS ACHIEVED, TRUST AMONG AND WITHIN THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY WILL BE RESTORED AND MAYBE THE PHILIPPINE COMMUNITY CENTER WILL NOT ONLY BE A DREAM BUT A REALITY.

A message from KKK (The Society)

K - ATOTOHANAN

K - ATARUNGAN

K - APAYAPAAN

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Letter received from an anonymous group of concerned citizen.

We are publishing it word for word....ed

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