MANILA - Taguig City has fired a broadside at Makati City through roadside banners amid their simmering legal dispute on ownership of a large part of Fort Bonifacio.
Without mentioning Makati directly, "I Love Taguig" banners reportedly put up by the local government state that the city has "lower taxes, no number coding (for vehicles), better public service, and bans corruption."
"Bawal ang corrupt," the banners say.
In a July 30 ruling penned by Associate Justice Marlene Gonzales-Sison, the Court of Appeals 6th division upheld several presidential fiats declaring Fort Boni as part of Makati.
The ruling can be appealed, but Gonzales-Sison ordered Taguig to immediately cease and desist from exercising jurisdiction over the disputed areas.
On Thursday, the Makati City government accused members of the Taguig Public Order and Safety Office of ganging up on a Makati police patrol car at the intersection of Lawton St. and Kalayaan.
The Makati government, in a statement, also claimed that armed men wearing "I Love Taguig" shirts on board a service vehicle with the same markings, were seen removing banners along Kalayaan St.
"I cannot help but express my dismay and frustration over the actions of these Taguig personnel. You do not win an argument with intimidation and Gestapo tactics," Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said.
"They are showing total disregard for the law and our law enforcers," he said.
He warned against similar incidents in the future. “They are sowing panic in our barangays. They have no right to be in Makati. This will not be tolerated,” he said.
The row has affected traffic in the area.
Taguig City, meanwhile, remains unperturbed and is insisting its claim on Fort Bonifacio.