THE territorial dispute between Makati and Taguig intensifies as the latter on Thursday filed a motion for reconsideration before the Court of Appeals (CA) to reaffirm its claim of ownership over Fort Bonifacio.
“Taguig’s claim has the backing of history—it precedes Makati as a political and corporate entity by decades. Taguig’s claim has the weight of official authority behind it—in statutes, in proclamations, in public documents—while Makati can only rely on private writings and proclamations that expand the original terms of that which it sought to amend,” the motion stated.
Mayor Lani Cayetano of Taguig reiterated that the city’s claim of jurisdiction over Fort Bonifacio has been affirmed and reaffirmed by the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) for almost 20 years. After one and a half years, however, the CA overturned the decision and ruled in favor of Makati.
The motion further stated that the CA’s decision will affect thousands of residents and business establishments.
A substantial portion of the city’s P5 billion annual budget comes from Bonifacio Global City (BGC), which is situated in the disputed area. BGC’s revenue supports 28 barangays under Taguig’s jurisdiction, in which a chunk of the budget is spent on education and health services.
Cayetano, for her part, believed they would be vindicated in the end.