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Missed chance? Why SC allowed Torre de Manila to resume construction

May 30, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza believes the High Court prematurely declared the regularity of Torre de Manila s building permits and missed an opportunity to value heritage conservation

NATIONAL PHOTOBOMBER. Manila officials commemorate national hero Jose Rizal's  birth anniversary at Luneta Part, with the Torre de Manila looming behind the Rizal monument. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

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Apr 25, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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SC allows Torre de Manila construction to continue

Apr 25, 2017 - 2:01 PM

3RD UPDATE The High Court says it found that there is no law that prohibits the construction of the challenged Torre de Manila

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada led the wreath laying ceremony at the Rizal Park in Manila Friday in celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal's 154th birth anniversary. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

News Briefs: February 7, 2017

Feb 07, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday February 7

'Fotobam' bilang Salita ng Taon: Paalala sa isyu ng Torre de Manila

Oct 07, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Para sa historyador na si Michael Charleston Chua ang bansag na pambansang photobomb ay nakatulong para mapalapit ang isyu ng Torre de Manila sa mga tao mapadali ang pagpapaliwanag nito at mapalalim ang diskusyon

SALITA NG TAON. 'Fotobam' ni Michael Charleston Chua ang itinanghal na Salita ng Taon 2016. Kuha ni Jee Geronimo/Rappler

After Rizal photobomb, DMCI 'obstructs' NAIA flight path – Ejercito

Sep 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

UPDATED The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines says the minimum descent altitude for airplanes was already increased specifically because of Cypress Towers

PILOT'S ViEW. Senator JV Ejercito hits DMCI for 'obstructing' the flight path to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, thereby causing flight diversions to nearby Clark airport. Photo from Office of Senator Ejercito

Freddie Aguilar suggests solution to Torre de Manila 'photobombing'

Jul 19, 2016 - 6:12 PM

Kung ako po ang masusunod ito po ay personal na opinyon ko lang po – para wala nang gulo pagpapalitin ko po yung puwesto ng kalabaw tsaka ni Rizal the singer says

How did SC justices decide key cases in 2014-2016?

Jan 16, 2016 - 3:29 PM

We look back at landmark decisions by this batch of SC justices – between the latest appointment of Jardeleza in August 2014 and Villarama’s early retirement in January 2016

Rizal’s descendant holds protest against Torre de Manila

Jan 02, 2016 - 12:19 AM

Isaac Reyes a descendant of the Rizal family calls the controversial Torre de Manila a national disgrace and supports the campaign for its demolition

NATIONAL DISGRACE. Isaac Reyes, a descendant of the Rizal family, holds signs calling for the demolition of the Torre de Manila, which he describes as a 'national disgrace'. Image courtesy of Isaac Reyes

Torre de Manila photobombs APEC leader's tribute in Luneta

Nov 18, 2015 - 7:24 PM

The National Photobomber strikes again as Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto pays his respects at the Jose Rizal Monument in Luneta

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Sep 25, 2015 - 7:21 PM

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Order DMCI to demolish Torre de Manila, SolGen asks SC

Sep 25, 2015 - 11:15 AM

The Solicitor General says DMCI should demolish Torre de Manila at its own expense for violating both local zoning laws and the Constitution

PHOTOBOMBER? The Torre de Manila residential project is seen rising behind the monument of national hero Jose Rizal. Rappler photo

Aquino on Torre de Manila: Both parties' rights should be respected

Sep 09, 2015 - 10:47 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says there is merit in the petition against the high rise building behind the Rizal Monument but the rights of DMCI should be protected too

PHOTOBOMBING CONDO. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the flag raising ceremonies for the commemoration of the 188th death anniversary of Jose Rizal at the Rizal National Monument in Rizal Park on December 30, 2014. At the back looms an unfinished condominium opposed by heritage advocates. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

TIMELINE: The Torre de Manila case

Sep 06, 2015 - 12:01 PM

After 6 hearings the Supreme Court has wrapped up oral arguments on Torre de Manila Rappler looks back at the progression of the controversy from online petition to the high court

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada led the wreath laying ceremony at the Rizal Park in Manila Friday in celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal's 154th birth anniversary. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

NHCP: Manila should enact laws to protect Rizal Monument

Sep 01, 2015 - 6:49 PM

The NHCP says local governments are in the best position to impose building height restrictions and other rules that would protect historical landmarks

PHOTOBOMBER? The NHCP says it urged local governments to enact ordinances and zoning regulations to protect cultural artifacts and monuments. Rappler photo

Carpio on Manila zoning laws: Applying for variance 'rule' instead of exception?

Aug 26, 2015 - 7:33 AM

During the oral arguments on the controversial Torre de Manila SC justice Antonio Carpio says applying for a variance to get around the limits of Manila s zoning laws appears to be the rule rather than the exception

49-STORY STRUCTURE. The high-rise building is the subject of a petition before the High Court, with critics saying it violated both heritage and local zoning laws. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

Sereno questions SolGen's authority to challenge historical commission

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:29 PM

The Solicitor General has dropped as client the National Historical Commission of the Philippines which says its guidelines do not provide a legal standard for them to stop Torre de Manila

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada led the wreath laying ceremony at the Rizal Park in Manila Friday in celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal's 154th birth anniversary. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Pia Cayetano calls on Maris Diokno to quit over Torre issue

Aug 24, 2015 - 1:45 PM

The senator says NHCP chair Maria Serena Diokno should resign if she cannot defend the Rizal Monument which heritage advocates say is under threat from the controversial Torre de Manila high rise building

'NATIONAL PHOTOBOMBER.' Heritage advocates have slammed the 49-story building for ruining the view of the historic Rizal Monument. Rappler photo

SolGen no longer NHCP counsel in Torre de Manila case

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:58 PM

The Solicitor General says continuing to represent the NHCP would compromise the statutory duty to articulate a legal argument that will best serve its ultimate client the Republic

NO LONGER NHCP COUNSEL. The Solicitor General will no longer represent the NHCP in the case against the controversial Torre de Manila project. Rappler Rappler

Rule of law not followed in Torre de Manila permit – SC Justice Jardeleza

Aug 18, 2015 - 5:43 PM

SC Justice Francis Jardeleza says 4 layers of protection were ignored when DMCI was granted a zoning permit for Torre de Manila even without a city council resolution at the time

NATIONAL PHOTOBOMBER? The controversial Torre de Manila is cleary seen behind the monument of Jose Rizal. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada led the wreath laying ceremony at the Rizal Park in Manila Friday in celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal's 154th birth anniversary. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

SC justice questions Torre de Manila zoning permit

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen asks why DMCI started constructing Torre de Manila in 2012 when it was only granted variance to build beyond the allowed height 2 years after

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on August 11 Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

Torre de Manila: No law protecting sightline of nat'l monuments

Aug 11, 2015 - 6:22 PM

The DMCI counsel says Torre de Manila did not violate any heritage laws because of the merely recommendatory guidelines of the NHCP and the absence of a law specifically protecting the sightlines of monuments

THIRD ROUND. The Supreme Court (SC) is hearing oral arguments against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal. The first round was held on July 21, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

NHCP hits SolGen for reversing position on Torre de Manila

Aug 10, 2015 - 3:49 PM

But the National Historical Commission of the Philippines has itself flipflopped on the issue saying that since Torre de Manila cannot possibly obstruct the front view of the said National Monument

CONTROVERSIAL CONDOMINIUM. The NHCP slams the Solicitor General for backtracking on his earlier position on the Torre de Manila debate. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

Torre de Manila: Clash of interpretation on heritage conservation

Aug 04, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Should constitutional provisions on the conservation of heritage sites be interpreted to include protection of sightline? DMCI says no; SC Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza calls for a less restrictive interpretation

RESPONDENTS' ROUND. DMCI legal counsel Atty. Roberto Dio talks to Atty. Ted Te before the start of the SC oral argument on the issue of Torre de Manila and the Knights of Rizal on July 21, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

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Aug 04, 2015 - 7:38 PM

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SolGen now declares Torre de Manila illegal

Aug 04, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Reversing an earlier position the Solicitor General is now saying Torre de Manila should be demolished

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on July 21, 2015 Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

[Dash of SAS] Learned helplessness and coping with the MRT

Jul 23, 2015 - 1:10 PM

We can continue challenging our legislators to take public transportation every day until they show some empathy and listen until they stop ignoring the problem and address it

Osmeña on Poe, SC blasts Knights of Rizal, open school system | 12PM wRap

Jul 22, 2015 - 12:26 PM

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SC can’t say if Rizal monument is ‘soul of PH' – SC justice

Jul 22, 2015 - 9:50 AM

While grilling the counsel of petitioners against Torre de Manila SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says it would be tyrannical of the Court to establish the narrative of the nation

CASE. A member of the Knights of Rizal acts as Dr Jose Rizal and attends the oral argument on the case they filed against Torre de Manila builder DMCI. Photo by  Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

SC justices hit Torre de Manila petitioners for bypassing 'slow' courts

Jul 21, 2015 - 7:39 PM

High Court Associate Justice Leonen tells petitioners It s unfair that you ask relief from the Supreme Court bypassing all our stated rules because your case is very very special

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on July 21, 2015 Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

SC justice on Torre de Manila: Gov't guidelines have no legal weight

Jul 21, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Justice Francis Jardeleza says the National Historical Commission of the Philippines guidelines on monuments were never published to have the effect of a law

SC Asssociate Justice Antonio Carpio presides the oral argument on the Torre de Manila case in the absence of Chief Justice Sereno. (c) MZSaludes

July 21 oral arguments on Torre de Manila to proceed

Jul 20, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The Supreme Court is hearing a case filed by the Knights of Rizal seeking to have a condominium demolished because it threatens the visual dominance of the Rizal Monument

'NATIONAL PHOTOBOMBER.' The Torre de Manila is seen behind the Rizal Shrine during the commemoration of Rizal Day in December 2014. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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Jul 08, 2015 - 6:22 PM

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NCCA to DMCI: P20M Torre de Manila lawsuit 'ridiculous'

Jul 08, 2015 - 11:50 AM

The NCCA says the developer of the controversial high rise building did not stop construction when it issued a cease and desist order in January

PHOTOBOMBING CONDO. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the flag raising ceremonies for the commemoration of the 188th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jose Rizal at the Rizal National Monument in Rizal Park on December 30, 2014. At the back stands an unfinished condominium which as gained opposition among heritage advocates. Photo by Malacañang

PH vs China, Egay, Princess Charlotte | 6PM wRap

Jul 06, 2015 - 6:38 PM

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DMCI found with 8 labor law 'deficiencies' – DOLE

Jul 06, 2015 - 4:12 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz says 209 of the 425 displaced workers from the Torre de Manila construction site have already been re assigned to other DMCI projects

PHOTOBOMBING CONDO. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the flag raising ceremonies for the commemoration of the 188th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jose Rizal at the Rizal National Monument in Rizal Park on December 30, 2014. At the back stands an unfinished condominium which as gained opposition among heritage advocates. Photo by Malacañang

Lim permitted Torre de Manila, Erap says

Jun 18, 2015 - 9:17 PM

UPDATED Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada blames his predecessor Alfredo Lim for signing the construction permits for the high rise condominium

SC stops construction of Torre de Manila

Jun 16, 2015 - 3:18 PM

3rd UPDATE The temporary restraining order takes effect immediately Oral arguments on the case starts on June 30

PHOTOBOMBER. DMCI Home Inc.'s Torre de Manila project photobombs the Rizal Monument and President Benigno S. Aquino III at the 118th death anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

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Jan 14, 2015 - 7:47 PM

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DMCI: Only SC can stop Torre de Manila

Jan 14, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The developer of the controversial condominium dubbed as the national photobomb says the project will continue unless the court halts it

PHOTOBOMING CONDO. DMCI Home Inc.'s Torre de Manila project takes a peak behind the Rizal Monument. In this photo, President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the flag raising ceremonies for the commemoration of the 118th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal. Photo by Malacañang

Heritage advocates hail Torre de Manila suspension order

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Calling the Torre de Manila a papal eyesore the Knights of Rizal Senator Pia Cayetano and cultural activist Carlos Celdran welcome the NCCA s suspension order

'TIMELY ORDER.' The Knights of Rizal says the NCCA's cease and desist order on Torre de Manila's construction is timely, coming ahead of the Pope's Mass in Luneta. Photo courtesy: Office of Senator Pia Cayetano

Rizal Monument joins list of world's endangered heritage sites

Nov 18, 2014 - 4:31 PM

The shrine is now just as endangered as Machu Picchu of Peru El Camino de Santiago Compostela of Spain and the Dampier Archipelago of Australia

THREATENED. DMCI Homes' Torre de Manila has put the Rizal Monument on a list of threatened heritage sites from all over the world, says Senator Pia Cayetano. Photo courtesy of Pia Cayetano staff

Pia Cayetano to bring Torre de Manila issue to int'l body

Nov 10, 2014 - 7:52 PM

The senator will present before the International Council on Monuments and Shrines a resolution against the condominium that has ruined the sightline of the Philippines shrine for its national hero

PH cultural agencies in need of major overhaul?

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The unclear jurisdictions of the NCCA NHCP and National Museum may have led to the controversial greenlighting of development projects threatening the historical and cultural sites of Manila

Pia Cayetano to DMCI: Don’t insult Filipinos

Sep 18, 2014 - 4:21 PM

The senator derides DMCI Homes for asking Filipinos dignitaries and tourists to adjust to Torre de Manila to get an unobstructed view of the Rizal Shrine

Torre de Manila 'selfie challenge' posed to DMCI

Sep 17, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Cultural activist Carlos Celdran issues the challenge after the developer alleged that images of Torre de Manila ruining the view of Rizal Monument were photoshopped

VISUAL DOMINANCE. Photos show an unfinished Torre de Manila behind the Rizal Monument. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

SC asked to order Torre de Manila demolition

Sep 12, 2014 - 9:07 PM

The Knights of Rizal says the tower s zoning violations and affront to the Rizal Monument are enough reasons to stop construction