Published March 11, 2017 9:26am [ http://www.gmanetwork.com ]
A Makati City legal officer said that the decision of the Court of Appeals to award to Taguig City ownership rights over the disputed Bonifacio Global City lacks basis.
"The Court of Appeals did not rule that Taguig is the rightful owner of BGC. The dismissal of Makati's appeal was based on a technicality and did not overturn its earlier decision upholding Makati as the rightful owner of the disputed territory," Atty. Michael Arthur Camiña, Makati City's legal officer and spokesperson said in a statement last Friday.
In a 17-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Edwin Sorongon, the appellate court granted a motion from Taguig City that sought to dismiss Makati's appeal invoking its ownership over the disputed areas.
In July 2011, the Pasig Regional Trial Court had already ruled in favor of Taguig and awarded to the city all areas comprising the Enlisted Men's Barangays, or EMBOs, as well as the area referred to as Inner Fort in Fort Bonifacio.
Camiña, meanwhile, said that it is too early for Taguig to celebrate over the recent decision.
Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano in a statement released on Wednesday said that CA's decision is a "victory for Taguigeños."
Cayetano, however, extended her hand of friendship to Makati City and its residents.
"Taguig desires to work with its neighbors. We have common challenges with massive urbanization. People need our services in planning, infrastructure, health and education programs, as well as anti-crime and anti-drug campaigns. We can only solve these problems if we work together," Cayetano said.
Camiña also cited CA's ruling dated July 2013, in which it reinforced Makati's jurisdiction over BGC. It ordered Taguig to "immediately cease and desist from exercising jurisdiction within the disputed area and return the same to Makati."
"The last CA decision expressly granted Makati jurisdiction over BGC based on historical facts and evidence. To nullify that ruling based on mere technicality is robbing the Makati citizens of what is rightfully theirs," Camiña said. —Marlly Rome C. Bondoc/LBG, GMA News