NHCP: Rizal wouldn't have minded Torre de Manila

The latest in the case of the "Pambansang Photobomb"

 

(SPOT.ph) In the sixth and final oral arguments regarding the Torre de Manila case, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) said that Dr. Jose Rizal would have been fine with the buildings around Luneta Park.

 

"Jose Rizal would not want to be glorified after his death, based on his letter to his sister. All he asked for was a stone or a fence," said NHCP legal counsel Jose Manuel Diokno, according to a GMA News report.

 

Atty. Diokno (who is also Dean of the De La Salle University College of Law) and his sister, NHCP chair Serena Diokno, echoed the sentiments of DMCI that the commission had no jurisdiction over the land where Torre de Manila was built and that the NHCP comes in only when the physical integrity of the monument is in danger.

 

They added that the ongoing case goes against the dying wish of Jose Rizal, who would have attended to bigger problems.

 

Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former counsel of the NHCP, took an opposing stand. He said that the Torre de Manila "significantly alters the physical integrity of the Rizal monument."

 

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno questioned the construction being done around other monuments and heritage sites such as the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan and the Ninoy Aquino monument along Ayala Avenue. She later asked about the treatment of heritage sites in other countries.

 

She wrapped up the oral arguments and asked the concerned parties to submit their memoranda within 20 days.

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Also read: 10 Photo(bomb)s of Torre De Manila in Luneta

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