After banner wars, Cayetano and Binay declare truce
MANILA - Makati Mayor Jejomar "Junjun" Binay personally paid Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano a visit in her office at the Taguig City Hall on Monday morning, signifying an end to skirmishes over the fight for Fort Bonifacio.
Cayetano said she was surprised of Binay's move but welcomed the initiative.
She added she was happy that Binay listened to her previous calls to make peace following a series of scuffles involving Taguig and Makati policemen.
The latest scuffle happened after Taguig personnel tried to put down banners along McKinley Road in Makati which read: "Welcome to BGC (Bonifacio Global City), Makati."
The banner was supposed to be Makati's response to the banners put up by Taguig, which read: "I love Taguig: Lower taxes, no number coding, better public service. Bawal ang corrupt."
Binay said he decided to personally speak to Cayetano to avoid another violent incident.
Without detailing how it will be done, both mayors agreed to maintain peace and order in the contested areas.
Nonetheless, both parties said they are not backing down with their respective claims over the land, which covers the sprawling Bonifacio Global City business district.
Both parties said they have strong cases against each other and that it would be better to just wait for the court's decision.
Taguig earlier filed a motion for reconsideration after the Court of
Appeals ordered the city to immediately cease and desist from exercising jurisdiction over the disputed areas.
Binay, meanwhile, said Makati is not going to impose the number coding in the contested areas or collect any taxes from the businesses at the Fort until the end of the year.
He added he is open to a revenue-sharing scheme. He said Makati is also planning not to collect taxes from BGC in the coming years under the condition that Taguig will not pursue the cases.
Taguig earns P2 billion in taxes from BGC compared to Makati's P10 to P11 billion.
Cayetano said this suggestion from Binay is not something the city can readily accept and that this is up to the legal teams to decide.