Taguig files plea to get back Fort Bonifacio
Makati: Taguig threatening business owners in BGC with closures
MANILA -- The local government of Taguig has filed an appeal before the Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn an earlier decision awarding Fort Bonifacio to Makati City.
In its motion for reconsideration filed last week, Taguig said the transfer of Fort Bonifacio, which includes Bonifacio Global City (BGC), will "necessarily impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands residents and tens of thousands of business establishments.”
It appealed that it will affect plans of companies that are already “tired of bureaucratic red tape and needless local government intrusion,” claiming businesses transferred to Taguig from Makati due to lower taxes, better services and business policies.
It added that the P5 billion in income it gets from BGC supports the 28 barangays in its jurisdiction. "The lives, dreams and aspirations of real people will be affected by the decision,” it said.
Asked for a reaction, Makati spokesperson Joey Salgado said: “We hope that Taguig can substantiate such a claim with evidence that will convince the court that the documents it had submitted are not fake or dubious.”
Salgado also asked Taguig not to harass and intimidate the BGC business community. “The proper venue is in the courts, not in lamppost banners and stores. We are saddened that some business owners are being threatened with closure if they refuse to have stickers placed in their establishments,” he said.
Salgado alleged this was done by personnel from Taguig’s business permits office.
Police from both cities also figured in a standoff on Wednesday last week.
For her part, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano said, "We will not stop. Taguig will exhaust all legal remedies available to assert our ownership of Fort Bonifacio. We have asked the CA to reconsider its previous ruling and I am confident that we will be vindicated in the end.”
The motion also read: “Taguig's claim has the backing of history -- it precedes Makati as a political and corporate entity by decades. Taguig's claim has the weight of official authority behind it -- in statutes, in proclamations, in public documents -- while Makati can only rely on private writings and proclamations that expand the original terms of that which it sought to amend.”
"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 added.
Cayetano also called on Associate Justice Marlene Gonzales-Sison anew to inhibit from the case allegedly because of her husband’s close association with Vice President Jejomar Binay, who first started Makati’s fight over Fort Boni when he was mayor there.
"We should not allow a cloud of doubt loom over the CA's impartiality in deciding this case," Cayetano said.