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Court denies Sen. Manglona’s claims in property dispute

SUPERIOR Court Judge Pro Tempore David Wiseman has denied all claims made by Sen. Paul A. Manglona against his siblings over their family’s property on Capital Hill.

In a judgment issued on Thursday, the judge denied Manglona’s quite title action, slander of title action, and request for actual and special damages.

Paul A. Manglona

The judge likewise dismissed with prejudice Manglona’s argument of statute of limitations, laches and adverse possession defenses.

The court reiterated its previous ruling that the “July 11, 1985 Deed of Gift conveying Lot No. 026 E 01 is a forgery.”

Manglona, in his personal capacity, sued his siblings over a 4,181 square meter property on Capital Hill.

He asked the court to declare him the fee simple owner of the property by virtue of a deed of gift from his mother dated July 11, 1985.

Following a bench trial on Feb. 20-22, 2018 and continued on Nov. 13, 2018, Wiseman on May 13, 2019 dismissed with prejudice the lawsuit filed by Manglona against his siblings Priscilla M. Torres, Thomas A. Manglona and the estate of their mother, Bernadita A. Manglona, saying that the claims were without merit.

In a 26-page ruling, Judge Wiseman stated that the July 11, 1985 deed of gift is a “forgery,” as the signature was not Bernadita A. Manglona’s.

Consequently, the court voided all transactions involving the property in question.

On May 28, 2019, Sen. Manglona petitioned the court to reconsider its ruling.

On June 24, Judge Wiseman granted in part and denied in part Sen. Manglona’s motion to reconsider.

The judge rejected the senator’s argument that the court did not “exercise its own independent analysis and examination of the record in reaching its decision.”

Sen. Manglona was represented by attorney Mark Scoggins while the co-administrators of the Estate of Bernadita A. Manglona were represented by attorney Samuel Mok.

In a statement to Variety, estate co-administrator Thomas Manglona said the recent ruling “should send a clear message.”

He said the new ruling should put to rest Sen. Manglona’s sole ownership claim versus his siblings’ collective family ownership claim.

The senators’ siblings argued that the property belonged to all eight siblings in the Manglona family.

“I wish to extend, as administrator of my mother Bernadita’s estate, an olive branch to our brother Paul to end his vindictive contest to a piece of overgrown land on Capital Hill. Although I am the youngest in the family, I respectfully call on Paul to behave like an older sibling and yield to putting our mother to rest in eternal peace, so that we could conclude our mother’s probate action and live in peace with one another.

“Most importantly, we’d like to honor our parents’ wishes to take care of their grandchildren and not waste any more resources on frivolous litigation for pride’s sake.

“The interest of our parents’ grandchildren should prevail over our own individual selfish interest, which Paul should learn to embrace by now.”

“I call on Paul to begin to take the high road and act like a true statesman because he did try his best to prove his case but not enough to prevail over overwhelmingly clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.

“Let us now honor the wishes of our parents in patte parehu.”