THE Taguig City government made a reconciliatory gesture to Makati City on Sunday by offering a truce amid their territorial dispute over Fort Bonifacio.
Mayor Lani Cayetano of Taguig City said she wants to renew the friendship with Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay of Makati, which was strained by the Court of Appeals (CA) ruling on the issue.
Cayetano’s offer of reconciliation came after Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd cleared up the jurisdiction dispute on Fort Bonifacio.
“We ask Mayor Binay to renew our friendship and the camaraderie between our cities that have been strained by the territorial dispute over Fort Bonifacio,” Cayetano said.
She urged Binay to set aside their differences brought by the dispute, saying: “Taguig and Makati constituents are essentially brothers and sisters.”
“I hope there can be peace and friendship between us again,” Cayetano said.
She also asked Binay to wait for a final court ruling on the matter to avoid resorting to violence in affirming its claims.
She noted that the local government of Taguig has already filed a motion for reconsideration before the CA, which suspended the execution of the decision of the appellate court.
“All of these support our actions to maintain the status quo in Fort Bonifacio,” she added.
Cayetano also thanked the DILG for clearing the jurisdictional issues in Fort Bonifacio by stating that the status quo remains 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 added.
Roxas had earlier issued the directive upon the advice of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“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.
Cayetano stressed that there is no compelling reason to justify a forceful and immediate execution of the CA ruling, which is not final and executory. She said Makati does not really need BGC as of the moment as its budget exceeds the needs of its people.