Makati court steps in Century-Picar row

Posted at 01/27/14 6:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 56 has issued a writ of preliminary injunction against Century City Development Corp (CCDC), prohibiting the developer from resuming construction work on a stretch of road along Kalayaan Ave. in Makati.

The area is co-owned by CCDC and Picar Development Inc., which means that Picar has the “right to be notified and to give or withhold its consent” to Century’s work proposal. CCDC owns 72.5% of the former International School Property, while Picar owns 27.5%.

Picar has asked for the property to be partitioned, but until this happens, the Makati court said "Picar’s right must be respected by Century.

At the same time, the Makati RTC issued an order on January 16, compelling Picar to remove the boom gates, buses and other motor vehicles that it used to barricade the area.

The co-owned road is flanked by condominium towers Stratford Residences and Gramercy.

In a statement, CCDC said the court’s order to remove their barricade is “a positive development as it provides relief to our residents and tenants -- who have now regained access to the road, despite the initial failure of Picar to heed the court order issued on January 16.”

CCDC added that it respects the court’s issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction “to maintain the status quo in the common-owned road, even as it maintains its position and resolve that the remaining works on the said road must be completed for the benefit of both our clientele and the general public.”

CCDC also maintained that its construction on the common-owned road was done with the proper permissions and in full compliance with the law.

In 2013, the two companies were also involved in a skirmish involving the construction of Gramercy. Picar complained that Century added additional floors without the proper permits.