Stay neutral on Makati-Taguig territorial row, police told-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
LOCAL Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Friday warned policemen assigned in the cities of Makati and Taguig not to meddle in the legal dispute over the Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
On Thursday, an altercation ensued between members of the Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Madac) and Taguig's Public Order and Safety Office (Poso) over banners indicating that BGC is now part of Makati City.
"Ang pulis ay nandyan para gampanan ang kanilang tungkulin para sa peace and order, sa law and order para mapatupad ang ating mga batas," Roxas said in an ambush interview at the sidelines of the budget hearing of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Roxas said the Philippine National Police (PNP), which is under the DILG, has instructed the Southern Police District (SPD) and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to explain the standard operating procedures or SOPs of both units within the disputed area.
Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. earlier asked the SPD to formally turn over the police jurisdiction of the contested portions of Fort Bonifacio from Taguig City to the Makati City police department.
"Ang pulis ay nandyan para arestuhin ang mga dapat arestuhin, para siguraduhin na may katamihikan, hindi para maging kasangkapan o kabahagi sa away boundary sa pagitan ng dalawang LGUs. Ang korte ang dapat magpasya dito at susundin namin ang pagpasya ng korte," Roxas said.
The City Government of Taguig appealed a decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) declaring portions of Fort Bonifacio as part of Makati City, the country’s financial center.
Roxas noted that with the motion for reconsideration filed before the court, a status quo order is retained.
"Ang patakaran hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay status quo which is Taguig," he said.
Citing preliminary reports, Roxas said the altercation with a Poso member occurred within the boundary of Makati City. The Poso member, however, was caught in the disputed area of BGC.
The Poso member was also caught allegedly carrying a gun with an expired permit, which Roxas said, was a clear violation of the law. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)