CA junks Rep. Villar’s bid vs P14-B reclamation project in Manila Bay

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Former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Court of Appeals dismissed the bid of Las Pinas Representative, now Team PNoy senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar to stop the implementation of the P14-billion reclamation project in Manila Bay.

In a 48-page decision released Friday, the appeals court third division through Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas said the petition lacked merit and was premature.

“The Court finds neither legal nor factual bases with which to grant the privilege of the writ of kalikasan. Wherefore, the petition is denied for lack of merit,” said the appeals court ruling concurred by Associate Justices Rebecca De Guia-Salvador and Samuel Gaerlan.

Villar asked the Supreme Court last year to stop the implementation of a 635-hectare reclamation project in Manila Bay which she said may impede the natural river flow in her city and destroy the remaining 175-hectare mangrove forest and marine habitat in Las Pinas and Paranaque that may cause flooding in many villages.

The firm — All Tech Contractors Incorporated — is pursuing the reclamation of 635 hectares of foreshore areas in Manila Bay beside the 175-hectare protected mangroves, lagoons and ponds known as the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area.

Included in her petition were the signatures of a total of 315,849 residents in their city and findings of a hydrological services consultant she tapped in support of her petition.

She said the project would cause massive flooding in 65 coastal villages since it will impeded natural flow of water to the bay.

She added that the project would destroy one of Metro Manila’s last nature reserves and bird sanctuaries—the Las Piñas-Parañaque Coastal Lagoon or the 175 hectares of Salt marshes, tidal areas and three mangrove-clad islands that serve as home or resting spot for dozens of bird species, including the globally threatened Philippine duck and Chinese egret.

The high court issued the writ and ordered the Court of Appeals to conduct further hearing on the case.

But the appeals court, in its ruling said Villar failed to present evidence to support her allegations that the project would cause environmental damage.

“No credible, competent, and reliable evidence had been presented to support the allegations that the proposed coastal by project would cause environmental damage of such magnitude as to prejudice the lives, health or properties of the residents of Paranaque and Las Pinas. These apprehensions had been disproved by objective, expert and scientific studies of reputable entities with vast international experience,” the decision stated.

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  • Manga Gamud

    Ang daming ibang lugar sa Pilipinas na puwedeng idevelop, bakit diyan pa sa lugar na iyan. Hindi lang Pque at Las Pinas ang babahain kundi pati Bacoor at Kawit sa Cavite.

  • ewankosayo

    magkano kya kinita ng CA?

  • Horst Manure

    This is some thing you CAN”T get wrong a mangrove may look like a swamp but so much depends on them.
    lets hope the X spurts are correct.

  • sanjuan683

    Hanep ka talaga Villar, ginawa muna subdivision ang buong Cavite, kapag bumagyo saan pupunta ang tubig, balak mo pa sakupin ang reklamation. Hayup ang tawag diyan hindi HANEP. Binabaha na nga ang metro manila gusto mo pa tabunan ang manila bay. Hanep papatayin mo ba ang mga tao. Sa Bundok kayo mag reclamation para mawala ang mga NPA dun.

    • ESCAPEfmALCATRAZ

      PRE PWEDE BASAHIN MO MABUTI. NAGMUMUKANG OGAG EH! YAN ANG MAHIRAP SA NAGMAMAGALING MASYADO.. MADAMI KAYA KAYO NYAN HEHEHE BASA ULI PRE HA PARA MAINTINDIHAN…..

      • Observer_din

        wag mo sigawan, lalong mahihirapang umintindi yan.

    • nicosan fopalan

      ka bobo mo naman ser

      • Observer_din

        tinawag mo pang “ser” tapos tinawag mo naman “bobo”, parang binastos mo pero nirespeto mo pa din :)

    • ewankosayo

      ayaw nga ni villar ireclaim ang manila bay kasi bumabaha sa laspinas/pque/bacoor…. ang nagrereclaim ay yung “All Tech Contractors Incorporated”…. malinaw ba?

    • Iya So

      Read, understand, react… in that order.

      • Observer_din

        pasensyahan mo na, baka gutom lang, halata naman na kaya lang nya mag read, pero di nya kaya mag-understand, masyado na mahirap ang pinapagawa mo. hehehe

    • southDUDE

      Hoy San Juan, tanga ka ba?Basahin mo nga ang istorya at intindihin mo. Ang OA mo ha.

      • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

        Binasa naman niya, di lang naintindihan. lolz

      • Observer_din

        pasensyahan mo na , gutom pa eh, di pa ata natatanggap ang sahod niya ngayong araw. hehehe

    • Observer_din

      alam mo SANJUAN683 , magpost ka lang lagi sa PDI para naman sumaya kami, me sense kasi ang sinasabi mo eh.

      pero bago ka mag post, kain ka muna..

      heheheeh

  • jinx

    “No concrete evidence” says the Appeals court. What kind of evidence are they looking for? A futuristic film about the great flood and environmental disaster? It’s unfortunate, but most of our judges nowadays are not interested in protecting the interest of the country and people. They’re just interested in keeping their wallets bulge.

  • kayanatwo

    03may2013

    nobody asked me, but…..if i have or own a property in the coastal areas of las pinas or paranaque, i will be looking for flood insurance ASAP.

    it is not the question of IF but WHEN the seawater surge induce flooding hit again all coastal town surrounding the manila bay, it would put sendong’s flood into shame.

    if one should do a research for an old pictures of manila bay coastal towns taken during the late 40s or early 50’s, he or she would find that manila bay was surrounded by tidal flats. the tidal flats that made the las pinas sea salt evaporation ponds famous since the spanish era.

  • Juan Delacruz

    weird. can they just look at google earth or drive there? does it always have to be about whats on the table. Philippines are being governed by laws and people who serve themselves not people. ano pa ba ang balak nilang gawin doon? tell them to develop bulacan kung wala na silang mapuntahan or tanay rizal.

  • hustlergalore

    “No credible, competent, and reliable evidence had been presented to support the allegations that the proposed coastal by project would cause environmental damage of such magnitude as to prejudice the lives, health or properties of the residents of Paranaque and Las Pinas. These apprehensions had been disproved by objective, expert and scientific studies of reputable entities with vast international experience,” the decision stated.

    — hahahahaha. ang infamous bayarang court of appeals. sino inuuto ninyo?

  • gardenstate21

    So aantayin na lang natin na mabura sa mapa ang southern Metro Manila. Good job, CA! Pansariling interes na naman ang pinairal.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    yung mga squaters nga e sirang-sira na ang mga ilog..naknaman ng teteng

  • joboni96

    hanep
    yumaman na naman ca judges

    after all the supporting documents of
    soon to be senator villar

  • nes911

    The result will be more flooding along the malabon-navotas- obando area. Time for another people power to protect the would be affected areas.

  • marienkind

    How much evidence do you need to figure out plowing over mangroves can cause an environmental disaster?

  • UrHONOR

    MAGKANO?

  • RyanE

    But of course, even how voluminous the evidence would be, for sure those CA justices cannot see it because their eyes are already covered by bunch of bills..

  • http://twitter.com/kuyagerry kuyagerry

    Jamby Madrigal deserves a Senate seat. Matalino, malasakit sa kapwa di tulad ng iba

  • otire

    Di naman siguro nakatira sa parting yan si Judge, safe naman sa banko ang kanyang pera.. pssst Judge Bwesit-las pagka nagka disaster dyan dahil sa reclamation mong yan.lagot ka sa taong bayan..

  • pedro Bato

    Naghahanap kayo ng ebidensya ha ! Antayin nyong matapos yang project na yan at makikita nyo at mararanasan pa pati ng mga anak nyo at apo ang malalaking baha !! You will suffer also. . . kaya nga po yung mga milyon milyon nyo, i-safety nyo na. . . at hwag kayong bibili na ng lupa dyan sa lugar na yan o sa malapit dyan para malayo kayo sa delubyo. . .

  • BOYPDAF

    They will have to wait the flood to happen to see the evidence.Remember the so called The Firm is behind the project

  • kismaytami

    Ang lagay ba naman eh si villar lang ang may K mag-develop. Baka naman she’s eyeing to develop it instead, kaya pinapa-stop.

    At kelan pa naging concern sa kalikasan ang mga villar. Mga latian at agricultural land nga sa Cavite, kinonvert sa subdivision. LOL!

    • nano

      correct …….

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