Binay hits Roxas for 'flawed' statement on BGC row

Posted at 09/07/2013 5:25 PM | Updated as of 09/07/2013 5:47 PM

MANILA -- Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay on Saturday slammed Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas' statement that status quo should be maintained in Fort Bonifacio amid a ruling of the Court of Appeals awarding the territory to Makati City.

Binay described Roxas' statement as "flawed, erroneous and politically motivated."

Roxas lost the 2010 vice presidential race to Binay's father, Jejomar Binay.

"Makati is not bound by Secretary Roxas' flawed interpretation of the law. Firstly, he has no authority to declare a status quo. Only the courts can make such a declaration. He has no authority to determine which LGU has jurisdiction," the younger Binay said in a statement.
 
"Secondly, he should not play politics here. As a government official, he is bound by his obligation to respect the law and the decisions of the court," he added.

He said Makati "will take possession of these areas" because that is what the court's decision says.

"I ask Secretary Roxas not to join [Taguig] Mayor [Lani] Cayetano in creating further confusion. If he feels there is ambiguity, then he should go to court and seek clarification instead of arrogating unto himself the authority of the court."

Roxas on Friday said police officers from both cities should not interfere in the dispute and maintain status quo until the court makes a final decision on Fort Bonifacio's ownership.

He issued the statement following the altercation that ensued between personnel from the two cities after men from Taguig's Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) took down a "Welcome to BGC Makati" banner along McKinley Road in Forbes Park.

Binay said Roxas' statement has all the more emboldened Taguig employees to resume with their "thuggish actions."

"Should the Taguig POSO again sow chaos in Makati and people are again hurt, Secretary Roxas will have blood on his hands," he said.

Roxas, for his part, had said that Taguig officials were the ones who clearly erred in taking down the banner, noting that McKinley Road in Forbes Park is under the jurisdiction of Makati and not included in the disputed territory.