GSIS wants to kickout Sofitel out of gov’t property
The pension firm said the five-star hotel has not been paying rent.
The state-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ran to a local court and filed an eviction suit against the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, as it claimed that the operator of the posh hotel owes them P147 million.
GSIS filed the complaint before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court on May 18.
“We are filing this eviction suit against the operator of Sofitel because it is using two GSIS properties and earning from them without paying the owner. Our members and pensioners are at the losing end here being the real owners of the fund,” GSIS President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas said in a statement.
The ejectment request does not cover the hotel itself — rather, it covers two adjacent lots being used as parking space and other facilities.
Lots 19 and 41 are the subject of the dispute, spanning some 7,393 square meters used for valet parking, cistern tanks, and a tennis court.
“We are a fair lessor and we have to be treated fairly. But now that we have been abused for the longest time, we have no other recourse but to resort to legal means. We do not intend to disrupt the hotel’s operations until the court decides,” Aranas added.
The notice to vacate was issued on May 14 but Sofitel has not budged, the GSIS said.