MANILA (Mabuhay) – The city government of Taguig has filed a motion for reconsideration with the Court of Appeals in connection with its territorial dispute with Makati City over portions of Fort Bonifacio, including the posh Bonifacio Global City.
In a statement on the city’s website, Mayor Lani Cayetano said the motion seeks to retain a status quo order on the CA ruling giving the contested portions of Fort Bonifacio to Makati.
“With the filing of MR, we again would like to clarify that status quo prevails in Fort Bonifacio. Taguig will continue to exercise jurisdiction over Fort Bonifacio,” Cayetano said.
“I assure all our constituents in the area, including the business community in Bonifacio Global City, that the local government is on top of the situation,” she added.
Reached for a comment, Makati City information chief Joey Salgado said the local government of Taguig should substantiate its territorial stake in the area.
“We hope that Taguig can substantiate its supposed historic claim with evidence that will convince the courts that the documents it had submitted are not fake or dubious,” Salgado said in a text message.
He added that the courts “will listen to evidence, not emotional and self-serving claims.”
In its ruling favoring Makati City, the CA’s Sixth Division said the National Census and Statistics Office in 1970 indicated that Fort Bonifacio was under the jurisdiction of Makati.
In their 135-page motion, Taguig government said it has the “weight of official authority behind (their claim)” due to statutes, proclamations and public documents.
It added that “Makati can only rely on private writings and proclamations that expand the original terms of that which it sought to amend.”
The motion added that Taguig “precedes Makati as a political and corporate entity by decades.”
“Taguig’s claim has been established by the numerous documentary and official documents, while Makati’s has been one characterized by numerous legal maneuvers and overreliance on technicalities,” it said.
The Taguig government stressed that the CA ruling would affect the transactions of companies “tired of bureaucratic red tape and needless local government intrusion.” (MNS)