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Walang ‘k’ ang Knights of Rizal! SC says petitioner vs. Torre de Manila lacks legal standing to question construction

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The Supreme Court has allowed the developer of high-rise condominium building Torre de Manila to proceed with its construction after dismissing the petition of the Knights of Rizal (KOR) for its demolition.

Voting 9-6, the SC on Tuesday (April 26) said DMCI did not break any law by constructing Torre de Manila just in the background of the Rizal monument in Manila.

The tribunal also lifted the temporary restraining order it issued against DMCI in 2015 barring it from proceeding with the building’s construction.

In its ruling, the SC said it had no jurisdiction on the issues raised in the petition. KOR, it added, also has no legal standing to question Torre de Manila’s construction.

The SC thumbed down KOR’s argument that DMCI violated several laws regarding the protection of the Rizal monument by defacing its visual corridor.

The condominium building has been called the “Pambansang Photobomber” for getting in the view of the monument.

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio penned the majority decision. Those who sided with him were Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Bienvenido Reyes, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen and Noel Tijam.

Those who dissented were Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Jose Mendoza, Francis Jardeleza, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Samuel Martires.