Tension at turnover of Manila Harbour Centre

By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 09 2012 04:07 PM | Updated as of Nov 10 2012 12:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Tension rose at the Manila Harbour Centre in R-10, Manila, after the sheriff of the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) tried to serve the order to R-II Builders to immediately turn over control and management of the 79-hectare property to business locators operating in the area.

The order was given by Judge Lyhila Abella-Aquino after dismissing R-II 's motion to quash writ of execution issued in favor of the locators of the Manila Harbour Centre Industrial Park Association Incorporated (MHCIPA).

MHCIPA is the association of locators at the 79-hectare property in Vitas, Tondo, Manila, which the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council appointed in 2010 to manage Manila Harbour Centre in place of R-II.

The case stemmed from the Smokey Project undertaken by R-II Builders.

While the Builders failed to fully fund the building of socialized housing in the former Smokey Mountain dumpsite, it was able to gain control of the industrial park, which the Courts, including the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, deemed to properly belong to the government.

Security personnel of Manila Harbour Centre, however, refused to allow the entry of officers of Home Guaranty Corporation who were to supervise the turnover of all common areas, utilities and facilities.

Officers of Manila Police District were also deployed to area to ensure peace and order.

Situation at the Manila Harbour Center is now at a standstill while the Manila Trial Court sheriff is reporting to the Court the service of judicial order.