SC allows Torre de Manila construction to continue

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Voting 9-6, the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, April 25, allowed DMCI Homes to resume the construction of the Torre de Manila condominium near Luneta park in Manila.

SC spokesperson Theodore Te announced the decision at the High Court compound in Baguio City where the justices hold their annual summer sessions.

 

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NATIONAL PHOTOBOMBER. Manila officials commemorate national hero Jose Rizal’s birth anniversary at Luneta Part, with the Torre de Manila looming behind the Rizal monument. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

 

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the ponente of the Court decision to lift its 2015 temporary restraining order on the construction in June 2015 while it heard oral arguments on the Knights of Rizal petition filed in September 2014.

“The Court, voting 9-6, dismissed the petition mandamus for the reasons that: (1) Court has no jurisdiction over the subject matter; (2) the petitioners have no standing to sue; and (3) they stand to suffer injury. Furthermore, the Court also found that there is no law that prohibits the construction of the challenged Torre de Manila. As a consequence of the judgment rendered today, the TRO issued by the Court is lifted,” Te said.

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30 december Rizal Day

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The Philippines on Wednesday celebrated the 119th death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal with various events throughout the country.

The commemoration began early morning at 5:00 a.m by a re-enactment of Rizal’s walk from Fort Santiago to Luneta, led by the Order of Knights of Rizal (OKOR).

There were also fun and games for the young and old alike at the Burnham Green Rizal Park in Manila at an activity called “Palaro Para kay Rizal.”

This was followed by the simultaneous commemorative rites at 7:00 a.m. in three locations in the country: the Rizal Park in Manila with President Benigno S.C Aquino III; the Rizal Shrine in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte with Regional Trial Court Judge Jose Rene Dondoyano; and the Rizal Shrine in Calamba City, Laguna with Laguna Second District Rep. Joaquin Chipeco Jr.

There was also a commemorative ceremony at the Quezon City Hall with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista at 9:00 a.m.

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Rizal-Blumentritt heritage trail boosts PH-Czech Republic ties

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The friendship between Philippine national hero Dr. José P. Rizal, and Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt, a native of the Czech city of Litoměřice, is well-known.

Through this close friendship, the Philippine Embassy in Prague hopes to promote general awareness of the historical links between the Philippines and the Czech Republic.

Recently, the Philippine embassy launched the Rizal-Blumentritt heritage trail in the hometown of Professor Blumentritt, as its flagship project. It has produced a brochure with a description and a map that retrace the steps of Rizal and traveling companion Maximo Viola at the heart of Litoměřice during his May 1887 visit.

The 4-kilometer heritage trail has 10 points of interest with magnificent views of the picturesque town of Litoměřice, which is located 60 kilometer from Prague.

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