Government lawyers now want Torre de Manila, tagged as the “National Photobomber” behind Rizal park demolished.
During oral arguments at the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, representing the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the National Museum, asked the high court to order DMCI Homes to demolish the high rise condominium for it was build in bad faith.
The Chief of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) said that the 1987 Constitution conserves and protects the Rizal monument.
“When the Constitution declares that the ‘State shall conserve…the nation’s historical and cultural heritage,’ we believe that it means what it says, that is, to ‘conserve’ the Rizal Monument, we have to go back to this,” Hilbay said.
He also cited that Torre de Manila was an illegal construction when the zoning and building permits of DMCI were issued in violation of the law, particularly Manila Ordinance No. 8119, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, and 69.
“Consequently, the government is asking the Honorable Court to order private respondent DMCI to demolish Torre de Manila, an illegal construction, to the extent that it impairs the sightline of the Rizal Monument. It also asks the Honorable Court to order the City of Manila and/or the concerned national agencies, by way of continuing mandamus, to oversee the demolition of Torre de Manila and provide the necessary reports to this Honorable Court until such time that its judgment is fully enforced,” Hilbay pointed out.