SC revives Payatas case


The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday revived the Payatas case as it issued a writ of kalikasan, ordering officials of Quezon City to answer the petition filed by some groups of homeowners seeking the closure of the sanitary landfill.

The SC granted the motion for reconsideration filed by the Alyansa ng mga Samahang Nagkakaisa sa Payatas led by Leonita Panoy.

In a four-page resolution promulgated on Sept. 1, the SC remanded the case to the Court of Appeals. Named respondents were Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-MB).

The High Court earlier junked the petition for writ of kalikasan for lacking in form and substance.

However, by issuing a writ of kalikasan, the SC reinstated the groups’ petition seeking the expansion of Payatas.

The petitioners argued that the landfill should not be allowed to operate since it is within a residential zone.

In July 2000, at least 218 people were killed when a landslide occurred in Payatas, a 13-hectare dump.


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