Taguig and Makati engage in ‘banner war’ over Fort Bonifacio


The legal battle over who has jurisdiction of the Fort Bonifacio business district has spilled over into the streets. City officials and authorities from Makati and Taguig have posted security details and banners at the entrances to the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) to claim ownership over the rapidly developing township. “We are now here to guard our premises,” Nor Ordillo of Taguig’s public order and safety office (POSO) told Rappler. They were stationed near the fly-over that links Edsa, a main thoroughfare in the metro, to BGC via Kalayaan Ave, which is part of Makati. Days before, Taguig’s civilian enforcers and the Makati police had a face-off when the former tried to take down a pro-Makati poster, according to an Inquirer report. In the same area, “Welcome to BGC, Makati” banners used to dot the interchange after the Court of Appeals favored Makati in its decision over who should control BGC. One pro-Makati banner was ripped along the same road. Makati City spokesperson Joey Salgado clarified that the pro-Makati posters were “not printed or approved by the city government.”

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