Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is considering filing a case before an appropriate court in his bid to restore ownership of the historic Metropolitan Theater or the MET to the city government.
Estrada said that the case will oblige the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to turn over the MET in exchange for a sum of money.
The NCCA acquired the theater from the Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) after beating Manila in a bidding process. GSIS’ bid was P206 million higher than Manila’s P230 million offer.
“We appropriated P200 million for the rehabilitation of the MET. We want to bring back its grandeur by turning it into a cultural laboratory of our 27,000 students from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and Universidad de Manila (UDM),” said Estrada, a former action star.
“Ever since I assumed the mayoralty, I have wanted to retrieve the Metropolitan Theater.
The real owner of that property is the Manila City Hall. As soon as we can put back this theater into operation again, it will benefit the citizens who will be exposed to culture and arts,” he added.