Pateros protests court’s decision to junk its claim on BGC
We won’t be surprised if more cities claim the business district as their own.
Nathaniel Melican of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the municipal government of Pateros is up in arms over the decision of a Pasig City regional trial court to junk its claim on Bonifacio Global City (BGC) "on the grounds that it failed to comply with well-defined procedures in settling territorial disputes between local governments."
The report explained that Pateros asked the court in its petition filed last year to declare it the local government unit which has jurisdiction over BGC, considered as one of the country's most lucrative business districts. Aside from the municipality, the cities of Makati and Taguig have been claiming BGC as part of their respective territories.
The Pasig court, however, ruled that Pateros did not abide by the Local Government Code's rule requiring municipalities and cities "to amicably settle the boundary dispute by a joint referral to the respective city and municipal councils of the parties and that in case no amicable settlement is reached, a certification should be issued to that effect by the councils concerned."
Pateros' appointed representative in its claim to BGC said the local government is prepared to take the case to the Court of Appeals.
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