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Supreme Court Halts Construction of Disputed Torre de Manila

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Published on : Jun 16, 2015

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court halted the construction of the 46- storey Torre de Manila high rise condominium developed by DMCI Homes. The construction is stopped which impairs the vista of the Rizal Monument in Luneta.

The spokesman and public information office chief said that the high court during an en banc session granted temporary restraining order in favor of the Knights of Rizal’ s plea against the construction of the high rise condominium.

As per the spokesman, the Supreme Court had voting, 8-5, which resolved to release a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop construction immediately until further order is released which enjoins DMCI Project Developers Inc. to continue construction and development of the condominium project ‘Torre de Manila”.

The spokesman also commented that the eight judges who voted to release a TRO without the need of oral arguments were: Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Mendoza, Francis Jardeleza, Presbitero Velasco, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Martin Villarama, and Estela Bernabe.

The five justices who voted against issue of TRO without oral arguments were: Associate Justices Mariano del Castillo, Bienvenido Reyes, Antonio Carpio, and Jose Perez and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The Supreme Court has also set the date for oral arguments on the case to be June 30 at 2 pm to be held at the SC Session Hall.

The Supreme Court has also granted motion from the Solicitor Generals’ Office to be excused for not filling an explanation, and has also ordered the National Commission on Culture and Arts instead to submit an explanation in the next five days explaining the reason for stopping the construction of the condominium earlier. 

The Order of the Knights of Rizal, in its petition consisting of 26 pages, which is a public corporation commissioned under Republic Act 646 to disseminate the life, teachings, and works of Jose Riza, had requested the Supreme Court to release a TRO for stopping construction of Torre de Manila.

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