Court tells Taguig, Makati to shut up on territorial disputes-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
MANILA -- The Court of Appeals ordered feuding cities Taguig and Makati on Thursday to stop issuing statements in connection with the dispute over rising business district Bonifacio Global City and its nearby villages.
Or else, the CA Sixth Division said it will cite the parties and even the media for indirect contempt, which is punishable under the Rules of Court.
"This Court is not oblivious to the comments, disclosures and statements before the media and the public made by the parties and other personalities after the promulgation of this Court's July 30, 2013 decision," the CA said through Associate Justice Marlene Gonzales-Sison.
The dispute recently turned violent when members of the Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Madac) and Taguig Public Order and Safety (Poso) clashed over banners indicating that BGC is now part of Makati, the country’s financial capital.
Both local governments then promised to avoid another confrontation pending the resolution of the case.
Makati spokesperson Joey Salgado declined to comment whether the gag order will help defuse tension between the two cities.
"A comment could be seen as a violation of the gag order," he said in a text message.
Meanwhile, Sison said Taguig’s request for her to inhibit from the case was submitted for resolution.
In her motion, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano noted the magistrate is the wife of lawyer Casimiro “Cassy” Sison, an incumbent city councilor in Manila who ran in the May polls under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) headed by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice President Binay.
The Vice President is the father of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
The appellate court upheld Presidential Proclamation 2475 issued in 1986 by the late President Ferdinand Marcos, who placed the contested areas under Makati’s jurisdiction. It also sustained Proclamation 518 issued by then President Corazon Aquino in 1990.
The 729-hectare property covers the so-called military barangays, comprising of Cembo, South Cembo, East Rembo, West Rembo, Comembo, Pembo and Pitogo as well as the Inner Fort Barangays (Barangay Post Proper Northside and Barangay Post Proper Southside).
Makati was ordered to comment on Taguig’s appeal within 10 days from receipt of notice. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)