The certificate of title that was issued by the Department of Land Management was missing key details, Klitzkie points out.
Guam – Former Senator Bob Klitzkie is taking aim at the Department of Land Management over a certificate of title they issued to the Archdiocese of Agana that supposedly proves once and for all that they own the controversial Redemptoris Mater Seminary.
The problem, says Klitzkie, is that the certificate they issued is wrong.
On November 29, 2015, the Archdiocese published in its newspaper the Umatuna Si Yu’os, on the front page, a certificate of title from the Department of Land Management showing that the multimillion dollar Yona property, the Redemptory Mater Seminary, does in fact belong to the Archdiocese.
The purpose was to respond to critics who claim Archbishop Anthony Apuron essentially gave the property away to a third party affiliated with the neocatechumenal sect.
Former Senator Bob Klitzkie says he saw this edition of the Umatuna Si Yu’os and immediately noticed something missing. So he wrote a letter to Land Management Director Mike Borja about it.
“It was dead wrong because a memorial, memorializing a declaration of deed restriction, wasn’t there. I’d like everybody to know that that picture of that certificate of title that they saw on the front page of the Umatuna Si Yu’os, on the 29th of November was misleading, wrong and a hoax,” laments Klitzkie.
Every time action that impacts a property is taken, it must be recorded within the certificate of title as an instrument. This will keep a record of every action taken on the property. The certificate of title the Archdiocese of Agana published in the Umatuna Si Yu’os on November 29, says Klitzkie did not list the declaration of deed restriction issued back in 2011.
This is the contentious document that many, like the Concerned Catholics of Guam, believe proves that the $40 million property is no longer in the control of the Church because the deed “decrees to designate, assign, earmark and otherwise set aside the property” to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary “for perpetual use.”
“There is a serious problem with the deputy registrar of titles, the genetleman named Andrew D. Santos who issued the certificate of title,” points out Klitzkie.
The error was noted, but when a correction was made, says Klitzkie, it didn’t fix the problem, it seemed to make it worse.
“That ceritifcate of title should have been corrected, and it was corrected, but as I showed you on the papers, the correction was even ‘wronger’ than the bogus certificate of title that ran on the [Umatuna Si Yu’os],” says Klitzkie.
“If you have a public document that’s wrong and you hold it out and you try to convince people that it is genuine, that is not a good thing to do,” he adds.
Klitzkie says that what should be on the certificate of title is something Land Management should answer to. Department Land Management Director Mike Borja did not return our calls for comment as of news time.
The Archdiocese of Agana declined to comment on the matter.