Taguig, Makati clash over signages-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
MANILA -- City hall personnel of Taguig and Makati cities face-off anew on Thursday over the alleged removal of "Welcome to Makati BGC signages" put up by the Makati City Government along McKinley Road.
"It is clear that Taguig personnel did not just create a disturbance in Makati; they broke the law. Thus, they should be held criminally liable for their actions. I am appealing to Mayor Lani (Cayetano) to please surrender to the authorities the Taguig employees who committed the crime," Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said a statement.
The Makati City Information Department posted on its official Twitter account Thursday a five-minute video showing a group of men removing banners put up by Makati City along McKinley road.
The footage also shows men pushing and shoving each other.
"We hope they will not get a mere verbal reprimand for their actions, and be made to face the full force of the law," Binay said.
Kim Pautin of Taguig Public Order and Safety Office said they do not condone the misconduct and misbehavior of their personnel and vowed to punish all the guilty parties.
"But on our part, we will be filing charges against Makati's chief of police for encroaching in Taguig territory, well beyond their area of responsibility. There is no direct CA (Court of Appeals) order for the Makati police to exercise jurisdiction over Fort Bonifacio or BGC and, despite the NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) directive, they still ventured into an area outside of their jurisdiction," he said.
He added they will continue to exercise jurisdiction over Fort Bonifacio.
"Again, we call on Mayor Binay to exercise sobriety on this issue. We appeal to him to wait for a final ruling on the case. Please do not force the issue, which is the source of all these tension. Please refrain from issuing confusing statements, which only tends to create problems."
The two mega-cities lock horns in a territorial dispute over control of the premier business district, which has been under Taguig's jurisdiction prior to a CA ruling declaring the area within the boundaries of Makati. (Sunnex)