Zoning board exec sues cop to clear ownership of land


CNMI Zoning Board vice chair Joe E. Ayuyu Jr. is suing a police officer to clear his ownership of a land in San Vicente encompassing an area of 24,766 square meters.

Ayuyu, through counsel Michael W. Dotts, is suing for quiet title Edward M. Cepeda, who is an heir of Luis Manibusan Cepeda and has claimed an interest in the property.

Ayuyu asked the Superior Court to issue a judgment declaring him as the owner in fee simple absolute of the property.

As of press time yesterday, Saipan Tribune was still trying to get comments from Edward Cepeda.

According to Dotts in the complaint, on Oct. 18, 1983, the Marianas Public Land Corp. deeded the property to Luis M. Cepeda and Guadalupe M. Cepeda.

Dotts said the deed noted that the Cepedas had first entered the property in July 1975 and had occupied and improved the property.

Dotts said Luis Cepeda passed away in 2000 and at the time of his passing, Guadalupe Cepeda was the lawful wedded wife of Luis. By operation of law, the lawyer said, Guadalupe Cepeda became the sole owner of the property upon Luis’ passing.

On Nov. 4, 2001, Guadalupe Cepeda conveyed the property to her son, Benjamin Cepeda, by deed of gift, Dotts said, along with other properties.

The lawyer said that, on Feb. 9, 2006, Benjamin Cepeda conveyed the property to Jose C. Ayuyu by warranty deed. The warranty deed was recorded with the Commonwealth Recorder’s Office on Feb. 17, 2006.

Dotts said that, on Dec. 6, 2008, Jose C. Ayuyu and Marcia E. Ayuyu conveyed the property to their son, Jose E. Ayuyu Jr., by deed of gift.

Dotts said that on multiple occasions Edward Cepeda, the son of Luis and Guadalupe, has come onto the property and asserted it as his.

Dotts said Edward Cepeda and any other heir of Luis M. Cepeda have no right, title, or interests in the property.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com
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