Taguig seeks smooth transition as Makati yields to SC ruling

The city government of Taguig hopes for a smooth transition on the transfer of the Fort Bonifacio military reservation and 10 barangays of Makati City to its jurisdiction.

In a press statement issued on Thursday, the city government said Makati Mayor Abigail Binay's remarks that she will respect the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) on the case should pave the way for an orderly transition to ensure continuity of public service.

"We propose that the two cities create a joint transition team that would work together. The transition team would coordinate with national agencies and all stakeholders for the speedy and orderly transfer of administration," the statement said.


The same statement added that it is "prepared to take on the responsibility of governing the 10 barangays with the same fervent commitment and solicitude it has done with its 28 barangays".

In a video posted on Facebook early this week, Binay clarified they would comply with the high court's ruling declaring these areas belong to Taguig City.

Binay made this remark after the SC rejected Makati's omnibus motion asking to allow the filing of a second motion for reconsideration.

Binay also declared that she and the Makati government would coordinate with the concerned departments and agencies of the national government for a seamless transition.

Before the latest resolution released this June, the SC in September 2022 already denied Makati's first motion for reconsideration assailing the 2021 decision of the high court which ruled that the Fort Bonifacio Military Reservation, consisting of parcels 3 and 4, Psu-2031, including the disputed 10 barangays, are part of the territory of Taguig City by legal rights and historic title.

"What remains is the implementation of the historic ruling which has wide-ranging implications on both cities. Gauging by their latest statements, the two neighboring LGUs (local government units) appear to desire a smooth transition of the transfer of administration," the Taguig statement added.

The Taguig city government, however, took exception to a portion of Binay's statement which supposedly belittled its capacity to provide social benefits to the residents of the 10 barangays and the truthfulness of its claim that they could avail of its scholarship program.

Calling the remarks uncharitable and unfounded, Taguig said the issues raised by Binay were irrelevant to the finality of the SC's decision and only tend to create anxiety and distrust.

The statement also emphasized that the common goal should be the welfare of the residents and urged the parties to match their words with actions.

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