THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday ordered both the Taguig and Makati police units to maintain the “status quo” in the disputed Fort Bonifacio.
NCRPO Regional Director C/Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr. said the “status quo” should be observed in the disputed area until a final court decision on the case is reached.
He said Taguig police should still exercise jurisdiction over the disputed areas despite the earlier request of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay for NCRPO to order the transfer of the police station.
The NCRPO chief’s directive is in consonance with the statement of Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano that the status quo remains in the area, including Bonifacio Global City (BGC), as the Court of Appeals’ July 30 ruling in favor of Makati is not yet final.
The Chief of Police of the Taguig City Police Station, Sr. Supt. Arthur Felix Asis, said he received the NCRPO’s chief directive and welcomed the order to maintain the status quo.
“At least it is all clear now. This will prevent confusion because of the directive, the traffic management at BGC will be retained to Taguig,” Asis said.
The local government of Taguig earlier announced that it has already filed a Motion for Reconsideration before the CA, which it said stays the execution of the decision.
Cayetano said a large part of Taguig’s budget comes from taxes earned from the booming business environment of BGC which, in turn, is being used to fund social services for her constituents.
The local government funds the education of 20,000 scholars under the city’s P300-million scholarship program; some 10,000 college students study for free at the city’s university, more than 100,000 daycare to high school students receive free ready-to-wear uniforms, bags, shoes and school supplies.
She added that Taguig provides maintenance medicines for its sick constituents, along with wheelchairs, canes and crutches for the people who need it.
In several occasions, Cayetano has called on Binay to temper his statements on the territorial dispute and to wait for a final ruling on the matter.
“So let’s all be responsible and not confuse the residents and business community and sow tension amongst our own people. Let’s be responsible enough to take care of our constituents and their safety,” she said.
She likewise lamented Makati’s efforts to create tension when the latter sent its traffic arm MAPSA to the disputed territory apparently to make its presence felt in the area which is still under Taguig’s jurisdiction.
“Such actions are irresponsible, unprofessional, and unproductive as they only create tension between employees of the two local governments. Let’s be more mindful of the safety of our people,” she pointed out. RITCHIE A. HORARIO