Manglona seeks court order for disputed lot


Sen. Paul A. Manglona (Ind-Rota) has asked the Superior Court to compel anyone who has any interest in a piece of land on Upper Capital Hill to appear in court or file pleadings. The property is currently at the center of a tug of war between Manglona and his sibling.

Manglona, through counsel Mark A. Scoggins, asked the court to give anyone who has claims to the land to appear or file pleadings in 30 days.

The lawyer said that Paul Manglona’s siblings, Priscilla M. Torres, Thomas A. Manglona, and the estate of Bernadita A. Manglona, have been served and have filed their responses to the lawsuit.

Scoggins said this is a quite title action and concerns only adjudication of title or interest in real property located within the property.

“As such, this case is properly a case in which an order to appear or plead is appropriate,” he said.

Sen. Manglona is suing Torres, Thomas Manglona, and his own mother’s estate over the disputed 4,181-square-meter property.

The senator asked the court to declare him the fee simple owner of the property by virtue of a deed of gift on July 11, 1985, and that neither the estate of Bernadita Manglona, Torres, nor Thomas Manglona have any rights to it.

The senator’s previous counsel, Jennifer Dockter, said that Bernadita Manglona, Torres, and Thomas Manglona knew since 1985 of the transfer of property to Paul Manglona.

Dockter said Paul Manglona remains the sole and rightful simple owner of the lot.

In their answer to the lawsuit, Torres and Thomas A. Manglona asserted that their brother, Sen. Manglona, does not inherit entirely the disputed Upper Capital Hill land as their mother’s signature had been forged.

Torres and Thomas Manglona, through counsel Samuel I. Mok, said the deed of gift was never actually signed by the grantor as the signature of their mother, Bernadita A. Manglona, had been forged.

Torres and Thomas Manglona are co-administrators of the estate of the late Bernadita Manglona.

Mok asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit in its entirety.

Torres earlier stated that they are just honoring the wishes of their parents before they passed away—equal sharing of property for all their children, including Sen. Manglona.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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