The Taguig City government has lauded the decision of the Supreme Court affirming that it has jurisdiction over the Fort Bonifacio Military Reservation.
In a decision, the SC denied the motion for reconsideration filed by the City of Makati against the December 2021 decision declaring the Fort Bonifacio Military Reservation as part of Taguig.
Bonifacio Global City (Screenshot from Google Maps)
“The Supreme Court has decided with finality that jurisdiction over Fort Bonifacio Military Reservation, by superior legal rights and historic title, belongs to Taguig,” the Taguig City government said in a statement issued on April 3.
It added, “In a way, Taguig is not the only victor in this legal contest. In a bigger sense, with both parties putting their trust in the legal system, it is the rule of law which prevailed. We thank God for His indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15). Truly, He has plans for us — plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. ( Jer 29:11).”
“The end of this legal dispute marks the beginning of a new chapter for Taguig and its people. Our victory in the courts of law is not merely a vindication of our rights. It is equally a command for us to make good use of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand our brand of committed public service to new constituents. We welcome our new Taguigeños with this solemn promise,” it said.
The city government said that ”Taguig and its people, over the past decade, have proven what we could collectively achieve . Taguig has been transformed into a progressive city, grounded in caring for all sectors and levels of its society. ‘I Love Taguig’ is not just a slogan; it is obedience to the command to do everything in love.”
“We will work even harder to expand and improve the services we run for our constituents, by introducing new programs and projects. We have the resources to bring about a transformative, lively, and caring city. We will not get tired of doing good, for we are assured that in time we will have a harvest,” it added.
It said, “Our immediate task at hand is to work on the transition without hampering public service. Towards this end, we shall work hand in hand with our good neighbor, the City of Makati. We will forge ahead in assuming new responsibilities, conscious that the benefits of this monumental legal victory should redound to all the barangays of Taguig and to all sectors of the city. We are thinking big for our beloved City. With the Lord's blessings, we will make things happen.”