Manila City Council suspends Torre de Manila building permit

It’s because it would block the view of the Rizal Monument.

Erika Sauler of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the Manila City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday (November 26) "urging the city building official to suspend the building permit" of the Torre de Manila condominium complex being built by DMCI Homes across Taft Avenue from Rizal Park because it will block the view of Rizal Monument once it is completed.


The report explained that "the suspension was sought to give due course to an online petition led by tourist guide and activist Carlos Celdran against the 'Terror de Manila' that is expected to mar the sightline of Rizal Monument." Celdran's online petition has so far garnered over 8,000 signatures.


According to the guidelines of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines cited in the resolution,  the visual dominance of national monuments such as the Rizal Shrine ought to be protected and given due prominence since they have much significance as national symbols."

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