• Bagatsing ‘win’ solution made Erap, Palace laugh

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     Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing has offered a solution to the Torre de Manila controversy. Photo By BonG RaneS

    Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing has offered a solution to the Torre de Manila controversy. Photo By BonG RaneS

    IN a rare occasion, Malacañang and its erstwhile occupant—deposed president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada—have one thing in common to laugh at.

    Estrada and deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Saturday laughed off a proposal to rotate the Rizal Monument at the Luneta in Manila in a bid to resolve the controversy surrounding the construction of a high-rise condominium that purportedly ruins the view of the the iconic monument.

    The suggestion was reportedly made by Manila 5th District Rep. Amado Bagatsing during a recent congressional hearing on the Torre de Manila issue.

    “No comment,” Estrada said as he burst into laughter when reporters sought his reaction to Bagatsing’s so-called “win-win” formula.

    “Saan haharap, sa Torre (Where will they make the monument face? Towards the tower?)?” he asked as he guffawed and shook his head.

    Pressed on by reporters, Estrada said, “If I cannot say anything, I’d rather not say anything.”

    In an interview with the government-run Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, Valte giggled when asked about her reaction to Bagatsing’s proposal.

    “Siguro hindi ho naman dapat yung monument ni Rizal yung galawin natin para lang umayos ho yung ano doon, di ba? Let’s leave the monument be (I think it’s not appropriate to mess up with the Rizal monument just to solve the problem there),” she said.

    A petition calling for the demolition of the Torre de Manila is now pending before the Supreme Court.

    The high court is scheduled to hold oral arguments on the issue on July 21.

    During the hearing of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development last July 1, Bagatsing offered his so-called “win-win” solution.

    He claimed that even historians questioned why the national hero’s statue was made to face the Manila Bay. He said the position of the monument may reinforce the intention of the Spanish colonizers that Rizal was shot in the back for being a traitor.

    “Buti pa yung kalabaw, nakaharap sa siyudad. Bakit si Rizal, nakatalikod? (The carabao monument is in a better position for making it face the city. Why was Rizal made to turn his back against the city)?” the congressman asked as he referred to the statue of the carabao (water buffalo) – the national animal – which is across the Rizal monument.

    The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is against Bagatsing’s proposal.

    “Masama na nga ang tingin natin sa Torre de Manila, ihaharap nyo pa si Rizal sa kanya?” NCCA legal counsel Trixie Angeles said.

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    15 Comments

    1. matagal ng nakatayo iyang si rizal bilang bayani, ng bayan,. mabuti paminsan minsan malugi itong DMCI. nawala lang si Marcos, nagsamantala na.. wala kayong pagmamahal sa bayang pilipinas. Dapat gibain iyang torre de manila iyan.
      dhil lumabag sa batas sa national heritage. Pwedeng dalhin iyan sa united nations court pero siguradong mapapahiya na nmn itong administration ni Abnoy.. siguradong may nakinabang diyan.. Gibain iyan thru dynamites.. wala pang isa oras .. sa turkey istanbul, giniba nila ang isang building na nakasagabal sa isa nilang cultural heritage as per their constitution..Destroy the Torre ng Manila… Ganid itong mga business man na ito.. ito na lang ang magandang pasyalan ng mga pilipinong mahirap, tapos babastusin pa nitong DMCI..

    2. … the ‘Bagatsing solution’ makes sense… after all the main issue is full view of the monument without interference…

    3. There was a proposal that the Rizal monument be made taller sometime ago but which was not carried out. Maybe, the Rizal Monument be the towering overwhelming predominant in the area by making it big like the Eiffel tower or the Obelisk. The base to make it wider underneath a Rizal Museum/memorabilia and bigger statue and post courtesy of DCMI. While the building façade of Tore de Manila will be tiled just like Philippine flag . Then a proposed law bans any more construction that will be another photobomber in the immediate area from a given radius from the monument. A wild proposition.

    4. Itinayo ang Rizal monument noon 1913 kaya i demolish ninyo ang Torre De Manila,pagbayarin kung sino ang nag-approve na dyan itayo ang sinasabing photobomber. Minsan gamitin ang inyong common sense,okay.

      • Minsan ko nang narinig na, “In politics, stupidity is not a handicap”. Nangingibabaw yata ang pagiging Bumbay ni Bagatsing imbes ang kanyang dugong Filipino. May sinulat si Rizal na mamatay siyang di masilayan ang pagsikat ng araw sa silangan kaya yan ang dahilan kung bakit nakaharap ang kanyang bantayog sa kanluran.Lahat ng aspeto sa kanyang munumento ay may kahulugan at di basta na lang inilagay ng ganyan. Baka kaya may alok ang DMCI sa kanyang pagkandidato bilang Manila Mayor?

    5. hirap sa Manila Administation ayaw umamin may mga pagkakamali sila sa pag issue ng building permit sa torre ni manila. bakit pag ang mga ng papatayo ng maling structura na manga bahay sa manila pina gigiba nila ang dali nilang pa giba at gumagastos pa sila gaya ng mga squatters d bha binabayaran ng manila admistration ang pag papagiba ng mga sqautters. sa bagay anong pakialam ni erap dyan d naman siya ang ng bigay ng permit kasi d pa siya naka yuko sa upuan niya ngayon.

    6. Why dont we rotate Bagatsing and kick his ass all the way to the torre and then implode the building with him in there.

    7. Replace the monument and place Andres Bonifacio monument instead. I am one Pilipino that do not believe Rizal to be a national hero. Rizal is European,I meant his thinking is Eouropean. married a non-Pilipina. volunter to go to Cuba to tend to injured Spanish soldiers to placate Spain. was anti -Catholic, not pure Pilipino blood, hates to wear barong Tagalog, Etc., etc,. He is the exact ooposite of our greatest hero Andres Bonifacio. Please reply at” gibain ninyo ang aking pamimiwala.”

    8. Mga hunghang kayo! Kaya gusto ni Bagatsing iharap si Rizal sa Tore de Manila para tanungin ang building kung sino ang mga makapal ang mukha na nagtayo sa kanya doon sa likod niya at murahin: mga gago kayo, sino ang pumayag sa inyomg tumayo-tayo diyan sa likod ko? Si Vice Mayor Isko ba? Mga kapal muks! DMCI management, puro pera lang! Walang patriotism!?

    9. Roldan Guerrero on

      I dont think the synonimity of ideas of ideas between the palace and Erap may lead to a bigger problem. If it was wrong for the builder of the photo bomber to build the building why only now that they are saying it? What about the buyers of the units? It is really a big problem but the best solution is….let it be solved by the proper authorities. Let us not be swayed by politicking….

    10. there is nothing laughable about the suggested solution. it makes sense. we just make this issue complicated. foreigners must have been amused about this simple matter.

    11. The man is offering a solution to a problem, A problem that the City Engineers Office overlooked during the process of Approving the Construction Permits. Whether or not you like the solution offered and suggested…. it does not warrant anybody to laugh. Why not offer your own 50 cents suggestion if you have one instead of laughing at somebody. Laughing at someone with just a plain suggestion, whether it will work or not it does not matter…… only proves and suggests what kind of leaders we do have right now seating in that office.

    12. mas maganda siguro na mag luksong lubid nalang kayo para, gumana yung isip nyo.

      akala pa naman PAHAM and mga Bagatsing, PAHAmak pala kayo.

    13. Ay naku, manong Bagatsing, nakakahiya po yung suggestion nyo. Opisyal pa naman kayo ng Maynila ay hindi ninyo alam and histocial background ng Luneta at ni Rizal.

      Mukhang wala po kayong pag-iisip ano? Sayang yung binabayad sa inyo. ay iyan
      lang pala and laman ng utak nyo. Eh mas magaling pa sa inyo and tindero ng balut sa Quiapo at yung nagbebenta ng fishball.

      Mag-resign na lang kayo kung kayo ay nasa anumang posisyung ngayon.

      Dyahe, Bagatsing pa naman. ngeeeee.

    14. I saw the monument in full view without interference.
      This time the people get more interest to see the Torre than Rizal.
      Bagatsing might be right to rotate the statue to face the city.
      Why not ask tourists at Luneta if they are distracted by the Torre
      when they look at the Rizals monument.