The mayor of Taguig City on Sunday said she was willing to settle differences with Makati City over jurisdiction of Fort Bonifacio,
Mayor Lani Cayetano said she wanted to renew her friendship with Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay which had been strained by the dispute.
Cayetano’s offer of reconciliation came after Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas 2nd cleared up the jurisdiction issue.
She urged Binay to set aside their differences, saying the people of Taguig and Makati are essentially “brothers and sisters.”
“I hope there can be peace and friendship between us again,” Cayetano said.
She appealed to Binay to wait for a final court ruling on the issue to avoid resorting to violence in affirming its claims.
She said the Taguig government had filed a motion for reconsideration before the Court of Appeals, which had ruled that Makati had jurisdiction over Fort Bonifacio.
“All of these support our actions to maintain the status quo in Fort Bonifacio,” she added.
Cayetano thanked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for calling for the status quo in the disputed area.
“For now, let us promote peace and order in our respective cities and among our people. Let us avoid actions that will result in possible clashes and danger to our respective police forces and our peace and order personnel,” she said.
Roxas has issued the directive upon the advice of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The police agency is under DILG.
“We hope that no more tension arises from any statement or act from any party regarding the matter as the DILG chief himself delineated all jurisdictional issues,” Cayetano said.
She said they should be attending to the needs of their constituents instead of engaging in a bitter territorial dispute over Fort Bonifacio.
Cayetano stressed there was no compelling reason to justify a forceful and immediate execution of the Court of Appeals ruling which is not final and executory.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO