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Taguig local gov't orders temporary closure of Makati Park and Garden
Taguig local gov't orders temporary closure of Makati Park and Garden
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Taguig local gov't orders temporary closure of Makati Park and Garden
by Ellicia Del Mundo04 March 2024
Photo courtesy: RH Edniel Parrosa

The Makati Park and Garden, maintained by the Makati City government, was temporarily closed on Sunday, March 3, in adherence to Taguig City local government's order.

In an official statement, the Taguig City government stated that the Makati Park and Garden has no authorized permits to operate from Taguig City Hall, hence the closure.

"The said park and garden, which has been effectively closed as a park by Makati and used as a garage for its heavy equipment and storage for various objects, is subject to Taguig’s jurisdiction which has the right to possess and administer the same notwithstanding Makati’s unlawful possession," it contended.

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Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the Makati City government called the Taguig government a "bully" who only intends to scare Makati citizens.

It argued that almost 100 Taguig personnel were deployed to serve the notice of closure, blocked the park's entrance, and put barricades all over the park.

"Inihain ang order sa araw ding ito bandang 6:40am. Dumating ang mga kalalakihang may takip ang mga mukha at ikinandado ang gate ng park. Maraming kawani ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Makati ang nananatiling nakakulong sa loob ng park," Makati City government said.

"Ngunit sa paggigiit ng Taguig na kailangang kumuha ng Makati ng permit para sa park, kinukumpirma nito na ang park ay pagmamay-ari nga ng Makati. Taliwas ito sa mga nauna nilang pahayag, ngunit hindi na ito nakapagtataka dahil nakagawian na ng Taguig ang pagpapaikot ng batas at baluktot na pag-iisip," it continued.

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The Makati City government appealed to concerned national government agencies to intervene in the issue at hand.

"Gayundin, inuulit namin na pursigido ang Makati na gawin ang lahat ng paraan upang mapanatili at maprotektahan ang aming mga ari-arian," it ended.

The Makati Park and Garden remain closed on Monday, March 4, according to RH Edniel Parrosa's report on DZRH Dos Por Dos.

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Interviewed by Parrosa, a Taguig Public Order and Safety personnel falsified reports that Makati City personnel were locked down inside the park.

"Ang ginawa nila [Makati personnel], sinarado nila lahat 'yan. Sila ang naglagay ng mga plywood na iyan, hindi Taguig. Mali yung mga newscast, mga balita kaya masakit sa kalooban ko. Nakulong nga yung tatlong tropa namin sa loob diyan. Ultimo pagkain eh, ayaw abutan. Binaliktad nga kami eh," he said.

Makati City personnel reportedly ignored the notice of closure posted outside the park.

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