Quantcast
Latest Stories

Roxas to police: Keep status quo in Bonifacio

It means Taguig still in control, says DILG chief

By

ROXAS. Photo by NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The city government of Taguig can maintain its jurisdiction over the contested Fort Bonifacio—at least for now.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday ordered the police chiefs of Taguig and Makati City to stand down as the fight for control over the prime residential and commercial area continued to escalate between the two neighbors.

Roxas made his position known following the scuffle between the personnel of the two city governments on Wednesday, the third such disturbance following last month’s Court of Appeals ruling that handed seven barangays— including the upscale Bonifacio Global City—back to Makati after a 20-year dispute with Taguig.

The Cabinet official also reminded the local police not to get themselves entangled with the squabble between the two local government units (LGUs), saying the Philippine National Police does not have the authority to interpret the CA order.

BINAY. Photo by NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

In a text message to the Inquirer, Roxas said he issued the directive upon the advice of the PNP, over which the Department of the Interior and Local Government exercises administrative control, and the DILG’s legal services unit.

He said he had also ordered the National Police Commission and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima to “set up appropriate protocols” to avoid the possibility of the Taguig and Makati police units being embroiled in the legal battle.

In an earlier interview on ABS-CBN, Roxas explained that “as of now, the guidance (for the Taguig and Makati police) is to observe the status quo.”

“We should wait for the order of the court,” he added. “While the (local governments) of Makati, Taguig and Pateros (a third claimant) have their own interpretation of the court’s order, the point here is that the police should not interfere in this dispute.”

On Thursday, Makati police chief Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban said charges would be filed against his Taguig counterpart, Senior Supt. Art Asis, for releasing a Taguig city government employee who was caught carrying an unlicensed firearm during a scuffle between the employees of the two LGUs on McKinley Road in Makati’s Barangay Forbes Park.

CAYETANO. Photo by RICHARD A. REYES

“We only have one (PNP) and we will await the court’s directive as to where (the) borders are and who’s in charge of what. So as to ensure continued law and order, and the performance of duty in the interim, there should be status quo for the meantime,” Roxas said.

Asked if what he meant by status quo was to allow Taguig to maintain its jurisdiction over the former military reservation, Roxas said: “It’s correct. At present, that’s the policy. But we will further study this so that the policy would be clearer.”

Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano and her husband, Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, are known political allies of President Aquino’s Liberal Party, of which Roxas is the president on leave.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. is the son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who defeated Roxas in the 2010 national elections. Both men are seen vying for the presidency in 2016.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bonifacio Global City , Fort Bonifacio , Local authorities , Makati City , Mar Roxas , Taguig City




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  2. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  3. Massive infra spending set
  4. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Estrada, Gigi Reyes denied access to evidence from other respondents
  7. DOJ to NBI: Arrest Cedric Lee, 4 others
  8. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  9. DOJ orders arrest of Cedric Lee
  10. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  1. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
Advertisement

News

  • Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
  • 9 confirmed dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast
  • Aquino to public: Learn to sacrifice
  • 20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria
  • Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter
  • Sports

  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Business

  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement