Dumaguete City – A group of individuals who call themselves the Piñero Clan is laying claim to land inside the Silliman University campus.
About 50 members of the group demonstrated in front of the Silliman University gate on Wednesday, carrying posters that read: “This is our land” and “Piñero clan families.”
The group is headed by Ralph Piñero, who claims to be from Davao.
In an interview, Piñero said some members of the Piñero clan came as far as Antique, Ilo-ilo, Davao, and were joined by members from Dumaguete, Bais City, San Jose, Amlan and nearby municipalities.
He said he had papers to prove more than 10 hectares inside the Silliman campus are owned by their great grandfather, Pedro Piñero.
Piñero said the group will present the documents once they are allowed to talk to the Silliman administration.
A few years back, a group calling themselves the “Exodus” made the same claim. The university brushed aside the claim, saying it had titles and deeds to prove it owns the property.
There were reports that more claimants are expected to show up within the year, especially during the founder’s day celebration.
Silliman authorities could not be immediately reached for comment.