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Owner of the Mile 44 land speaks out

MILE 44 UP

Nigel Petillo, he is the man who managed to draw an estimated one thousand persons to mile forty-four on the George Price Highway on May 17.  Their collective goal is to overtake the almost 3-thousand acre property that is privately owned.  Petillo and others got into some troubles that day for defying the Covid-19 regulations but Petillo promised he would be back.  The activist took to social media this week after he realized that the rightful owners of the land were erecting a fence on the property.

Nigel Petillo, he is the man who managed to draw an estimated one thousand persons to mile forty-four on the George Price Highway on May 17.  Their collective goal is to overtake the almost 3-thousand acre property that is privately owned.  Petillo and others got into some troubles that day for defying the Covid-19 regulations but Petillo promised he would be back.  The activist took to social media this week after he realized that the rightful owners of the land were erecting a fence on the property.

The Belmopan Land Development Corporation issued a release today reminding Petillo and the public that the land has been privately owned for almost twenty-five years.  The release goes on to remind Petillo that of the letter that was written by the Commissioner of Lands, Wilbert Vallejos informing him of the private ownership of the property and the illegality of his proposed unsanctioned confiscation. In addition to this, the Ministry of Natural Resources also issued a public notice condemning the general squatting on private and national lands. All this, however, did not deter Petillo from the mass gathering or insistence on wanting the land to be subdivided and shared out.  While Petillo has stated that he will not give up, it is left to be seen how far he will go.  As for the Belmopan Land Development Corporation, they have indicated that they will take any party who infringes on their rights to court.  Their release sent out today also concluded by stating that no owner of any type of property, whether it is land or a  house should be subjected to this type of strong-arm tactic to dispossess them of their lawful belongings.

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