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One of our writers here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, Klaus Doring, has been fighting a battle for several weeks now.  While I don’t know the whole story behind this, I know that it’s been very stressful for Klaus and is family.  Klaus asked me to write a little bit about this on the site, so I will do that today.

It all started a few weeks ago as I said.  I got a text message from Klaus, telling me that there was a major problem.  Klaus and his wife Rosanna had gone home one afternoon to the house that they own here in Davao city, and found they could not go to their house.  There was a big fence standing across their driveway, as a matter of fact, you couldn’t even see their house from the road anymore.  How could this happen?  Well, Klaus did some checking and found that a neighbor had erected the fence, blocking all access to his house.  I’m told that the neighbor even had armed men guarding the fence and blocking any access.

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Klaus went through a number of different means of trying to get the fence removed, but all to no avail.  He has talked to local police, City Council, even sent a note to the mayor, but still the fence is standing, and he has no direct access to his house.  It is my understanding that they have been able to access their house, but only by making the hole in the wall in their backyard, and crawling through there, certainly not a suitable way to go home.

Klaus is pursuing a number of legal means to resolve the problem, and tomorrow he will be having a hearing on the issue.  Also, I think there is still some chance that the city government may step in and try to resolve the impasse.  For the sake of the family, I hope that the issue can be settled quickly.  Yesterday, I was told that Rosanna’s mother had suffered a stroke due to the stress of this issue.  When the ambulance came they were unable to access the house, because they were blocked by the fence.  Today, I have not heard how she is doing, but I wish her the best.

Personally, I don’t understand how somebody can just build a fence in front of a house that you own, blocking the access to it.  From what I have been told, the extreme stress from this has affected the entire family, and I can understand why.  Certainly, it cannot be legal to build a fence and block somebody’s house like that.

I would like to wish Klaus all the best in this endeavor.  For the sake of everybody involved, I hope that the resolution can happen quickly.  Good luck!

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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The fact the local officials have done nothing to expidite solving the situation, or in the very least grant a right of way for Klaus is a sad sad testimony to the inept,incompetent and pathetic state of affairs in Pinoy politics. It is of little wonder why the Philippines has been stuck in the quagmire of a 3rd world nation. I’d love to take an elevator ride for 2 minutes with the perpetuator of this act…I have little tolerance for such childish bullish behavior. My blood boils thinking of this…

Robert G
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Robert G

I am at a lose trying to understand how someone can erect a fence in front of the klaus house and the city and/or police have not done anything to help klaus get back into his house. How can this be? Also, does he have a photo he can post?

Ellen
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Ellen

There was an article at Sunstar news yesterday – http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/dav/2008/07/09/n

ellen

Wayne A. Derby
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Hi Bob:

A few of questions.
1. Who owns the land that the fence is on?
2. Does Klaus own his house or rent it?
3. Does Klaus have clear legal right of way to the house his family is occupying?
4. Is there a clear deed to the property they occupy and does it state means of access?

Knowing those answers will clear up the situation. Depending on those facts the mother inlaw/family may have legal recourse for any consequences and complications due to obstruction of access.

5. What were the preceding acts of both parties that lead up to this?

Larry
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Larry

Hello Bob
Wishing Klaus has some better luck with this issue. I have had a small taste of what Klaus is going through when some relative tried to lay claim to property my wife’s family had inherited. Also I was surprised to find that land can be sold in the RP with out access also know as land locked. I know the court system can be slow in the RP. Hoping an attorney can expedite the case.

Bob
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Hi JR Tingson – Thank you so much for your warm comment. We also appreciate your contribution to the effort too!

Yes, indeed the Marilog/Buda area is a beautiful place, so very green, and it's actually quite cool up there too!

Henry S
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Henry S

That's about the craziest thing I ever heard! How can someone block access to your own home? And the lack of assistance from the authorities is amazing to say the least. I hope Klaus gets this resolved as soon as possible. My prayers especially go out to Rosanna's mother.

Bob
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Hi JR Tingson – It sounds like you are in for some wonderful treats after the new year!

AussieLee
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AussieLee

Morning Bob, Quite unreal. I can only imagine it relates to disputed title? We have discussed before in this blog the problems that a poor land titling system can present to investment. Good questions from WayneA.Derby. This sort of situation, if Klaus is not completely in the wrong, really puts shivers up the spine of people considering a move to a different country. As the outsider you will always be in the wrong. The people he is in dispute with must have financial means in order to hire armed guards! I hope it works out well for all concerned. I… Read more »

Ron W
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kamusta bob
ahh i certainly dont know the laws in philippines but each lot sold in usa has a deeded right of way to the owners residence,i think its highly illigal to block someones access to thier home and especially in case of emergency or fire.this man could be sued for his actions.i would be very angry if it happened to me for sure.i really hope klaus and his family will have resolve soon.
we will pray for klaus and his family…..godbless
salamat bob

Bob
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Hi Captain Todd – A naturalized Citizen can hold political office here! The only office that you cannot hold is the Presidency. Just as in the USA, the President must be a natural born citizen. I personally do not call, or consider the Philippines to be a Paradise. I think that if you call it Paradise, you have set up too high of expectations, and will be disillusioned when you have been here for a while and discover that it does not live up to your paradise expectations. Believe me, there are major problems here, and such a place could… Read more »

RichardInSC
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RichardInSC

Klaus is a really good guy. This is insane…even if there is a title dispute, it is difficult to believe that walling someone off from there home is legal, until a court adjudicates the matter…even in the Philippines. Also, this person must be very rich/powerful/politically connected if it has taken this long to resolve such an obvious and clear cut case of abuse. It is also very ominous that armed guards were involved. Something is very fishy about the way this is being handled.

Bob
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Hi Captain Todd – To live happily in the Philippines, it’s good to keep your head low, and try to just get along even after your become a citizen! 😆 That’s just the way that most people live here.

Bob
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Hi Robert G – I posted a picture with the article, perhaps you missed that? Or were you looking for a picture of Klaus himself? If you want to see what Klaus looks like you can just go to his site by clicking on his name at the top of this page.

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