The mayors of Taguig and Makati cities met on Monday to smooth out relationships ruffled by the jurisdiction issue in Fort Bonifacio.
During meeting at Taguig City Hall, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano and Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay agreed to avoid any further acts that could worsen the territorial dispute.
“We are very glad that Mayor Junjun Binay responded favorably to our calls for peace in BGC (Bonifacio Global City). We both acknowledge that as leaders, it is our responsibility to look after the welfare of our people first before anything else,” Cayetano said after the meeting.
No specific details on the dispute were taken up, but Cayetano said what was important was that the lines of communications between Taguig and Makati were now open.
“What is very certain is that both of us agreed that we don’t want the tension to escalate because of the dispute. We agreed to restrain our own people and promote peace and order,” she said.
Cayetano said they will maintain their respective legal positions on the territorial dispute.
“We both recognized that it is not for us to decide but the court’s,” she added.
Cayetano said she and Binay respected each other’s differences and that they both acknowledged that they had legal remedies available to them.
“I know that we cannot fix everything in one sitting. But definitely this is a very good start and I am happy that the lines are now open between us,” she said.
Binay said he decided to pay a visit to Cayetano to “avert any further violence.”
“At the outset, our statements will always be that the issue is nothing personal between Mayor Lani’s family and our family. Issues have been raised in the courts, and due to Court of Appeals’ decision, both parties acted accordingly,” said Binay.
He offered to allow Taguig to continue collecting revenues from Bonifacio Global City for a certain period of time while Makati resumes its jurisdiction over the area.
He also reiterated an earlier proposal for a revenue-sharing scheme with Taguig.
Cayetano said Makati’s proposals will have to be studied by their legal team.
The two mayors appealed to their employees not to resort to violence.
They also agreed that cases filed against personnel of the Taguig Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) who were caught on a surveillance camera creating a commotion in Forbes Park will continue.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO