CA scores MMDA for dismantling ad materials


THE Court of Appeals (CA) upheld an order of the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) that stopped the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from dismantling advertising materials of Mediapool Inc. (MPI) in 2011. In a decision penned by Associate Justice Nina Antonio-Valenzuela and concurred in by Associate Justices Fernanda Lampas Peralta and Jane Aurora Lantion, the CA’s Sixth Division sided with the MPI and dismissed the petition for certiorari by the MMDA. In May 2011, the MPI filed before the RTC a petition for prohibition asking the court to issue a temporary restraining order and a writ of preliminary injunction against MMDA for the latter’s dismantling of its advertising materials located at its Orense and Estrella sites in Makati City without due process. The RTC later granted MPI’s petition for injunction, prompting the MMDA to seek redress with the appellate court. In its November 17, 2016 ruling that was released only recently, the CA sided with MPI, saying the issuance of the writ of preliminary injunction was necessary to prevent serious damage.


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