Roxas to police: Stay out of Makati-Taguig row over Fort
MANILA, Philippines - Peace and order, not legal disputes.
This was what Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas reminded the policemen of Makati and Taguig mega-cities as their mandate amid the fight over control of the sprawling Fort Bonifacio.
Tension between the two police forces have been steadily rising as their local governments battle it out in court and through outdoor banners.
“Ang pulis ay nandyan para arestuhin ang mga dapat arestuhin, para siguraduhin na may katamihikan, hindi para maging kasangkapan o kabahagi sa away boundary sa pagitan ng dalawang LGUs,” Roxas said on the sidelines of his department's budget hearing on Friday, September 6.
(The police are there to arrest who needs to be arrested, to ensure peace... not to be part of the boundary row of the two LGUs.)
The altercation between a member of the Taguig Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) and the Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council happened within Makati City, said Roxas, citing preliminary reports.
The POSO member, however, was caught within the disputed Fort Bonifacio area.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, Jr. earlier asked the Southern Police District (SPD) to formally turn over police jurisdiction of parts of Fort Bonifacio from Taguig to Makati.
Metro Manila Police Chief Marcelo Garbo Jr., however, said that Taguig police will continue to have jurisdiction over the contested area, pending a final court ruling.
Roxas added that the SPD and National Capital Region Police Office have already been instructed by the Philippine National Police to explain how Makati and Taguig police operate within the disputed area.
In August, the Court of Appeals (CA) sided with Makati, reverting 729.15 hectares of land. Taguig recently filed a motion for reconsideration before the CA.
Now that Taguig has filed a motion for reconsideration, said Roxas, status quo order will be retained in Fort Bonifacio. “Ang patakaran hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay status quo which is Taguig,” added Roxas.
(The rule to this day is that we observe status quo.) - Rappler.com