FOLLOWING the favorable ruling by the Court of Appeals (CA), the Makati City government on Tuesday started taking over Fort Bonifacio, which is also being claimed by Taguig City.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr. Binay called the city administrator, assessor and engineers to discuss steps in taking over the Bonifacio Global City and Barangays Southside and Northside.
“We are now in the period of transition and we can exercise jurisdiction in the area,” Binay told reporters after the meeting.
To discuss the takeover, officials of Makati city have also met with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the government agency tasked to convert military bases to economic centers.
Once Makati has full control over the BGC, Binay said they would also implement programs, projects and policies that are being imposed in the city such as number coding scheme, plastic and smoking ban in the area.
He also said they would prioritize the development in Brgy. Northside and Southside.
However, Binay admitted that Taguig may suffer greatly from revenue losses collected from BGC, resulting in the city being reverted back to municipality status.
But Taguig City insisted that the CA ruling was “erroneous” saying that it will go to the Supreme Court to contest it.
Taguig City administrator Joey Montales said the city’s legal department, upon the instructions of Mayor Lani Cayetano, is now preparing its appeal in a hope to overturn the ruling of the CA’s 6th Division.
“The disputed land is Taguig’s. The CA decision, with due respect, is erroneous,” Montales said.
“We will fight to make sure that the disputed land remains with Taguig. We are confident we will ultimately win this fight,” he added.
In a July 30 ruling, CA 6th Division Justice Marlene Gonzales-Sison declared the sprawling 729.15 hectare former military reservation, now called Bonifacio Global City, as part of the territorial jurisdiction of Makati, not of Taguig.
The CA overturned the July 2011 ruling of the Pasig City Regional Trial Court that invalidated Presidential Proclamation Nos. 2475 and 518 that originally placed the land under the jurisdiction of Makati City.