Makati eyes more cases vs. Taguig amid Fort Bonifacio dispute

Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom
A snapshot of Bonifacio Global City. (Photo by Janie Octia)

It seems the worst isn't over for Taguig City.
This, as the Makati City government disclosed plans to file “a separate action” against Taguig City government for generating revenues from businesses in Fort Bonifacio in the last 20 years.
Makati City Mayor Jejomar “Jun-Jun” Binay Jr. told reporters they will be lodging a new case against the city government of Taguig soon.
“We are reserving separate action to claim what was lost within the span of 20 years. Will file a separate action because it was an injustice done to the city of Makati,” Binay said.
“But more than just a question of revenue, it’s about regaining what is rightfully ours from the start. It was Taguig City who filed a case (against Makati) before a local court,” the mayor added.
But the local chief executive said their legal camp is still studying the proper venue where to lodge the case, where he hopes to settle billions-worth of damages to Makati City.
“We don’t have the figures right now. But that’s not important. Hindi naman dito ang isyu ang pera, ang isyu dito ay kanino ba talaga ang area ng (Bonifacio) Global City,” Binay said.
“Sinabi ng CA, malinaw na there is a historical and legal basis that it is really part of the city of Makati,” he added.
The Makati City mayor also regrets about the missed opportunity to develop several barangays around Bonifacio Global City, which have been neglected in the past two decades.
With CA’s decision to lift the injunction on Makati City, Binay said “Taguig should immediately cease and desist from exercising their authority” over Fort Bonifacio.
This prompted the Binay’s administration to officially meet with officials from Taguig City to talk about “smooth transition.”
“This morning I had a meeting with my city administrator, our city assessor, city engineer,   Kenneth Dasal, our legal officer again to come up with a plan on how to make the transition smooth between Makati and Taguig,” Binay announced.
Binay assured the business sector will not be inconvenienced with administration matters to implement the ruling.
The son of Vice President Jejomar Binay issued the statement after the Court of Appeals (CA) ruled that the disputed 729-hectare belongs to Makati City.
In 1993, a local court in Makati City issued an injunction stopping Makati City from collecting taxes in businesses around Fort Bonifacio following a case filed by Taguig City government.
Taguig City claims jurisdiction over the area, which has developed into one of the most tax-rich business districts in the country.