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BGC rightfully belongs to Makati– city exec

Revenue-rich Bonifacio Global City. —INQUIRER PHOTO

Makati remains the rightful owner of the disputed Bonifacio Global City, even after a Court of Appeals (CA) had ruled it is part of Taguig, according to a city official.

Lawyer Michael Arthur Camiña, Makati’s legal officer and spokesperson, clarified that the recent ruling merely upheld a previous CA decision, where Taguig accused Makati of forum shopping.

“The CA decision did not categorically rule in favor of Taguig. As pointed out by a separate CA decision upholding Makati’s ownership of BGC, Taguig not only failed to present concrete evidence but also presented fake and spurious documents to the courts,” Camiña said in a statement.

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In its Oct. 3 ruling, the appellate court’s Special Former Sixth Division said Makati failed to provide new grounds to warrant a reversal of its March 8 resolution, which favored Taguig.

The city government has yet to receive a copy of the decision as of Monday.

The land row between the two local governments covers properties in the revenue-rich BGC, which hosts several upscale shopping malls, condominiums, office buildings and other business establishments.

“Makati’s claim is based on legal and historical evidence that has not been disputed or overturned. We will continue to exhaust all legal remedies to assert our rightful claim,” Camiña said.

The official claimed that a 2013 CA ruling lifted the preliminary injunction issued by Pasig Regional Trial Court in 1994 that had prevented Makati from exercising jurisdiction over Post Proper Northside and Post Proper Southside Barangays – which are part of the so-called Inner Fort of the former military camp.

The decision also covers portions of Barangays Cembo, South Cembo, East Rembo, West Rembo, Comembo, Pembo and Pitogo.

The 37-page 2013 ruling penned by Associate Justice Marlene Gonzales-Sison confirmed that the nine disputed barangays are “within the territorial jurisdiction of Makati City.”

It cited as “constitutional and valid” Presidential Proclamation No. 2745 in 1986 and PP No. 518 in 1990, which reinforced Makati’s ownership of Fort Bonifacio.

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