MANILA — The fight against the development of the Army and Navy Club, a 20th-century structure, into a boutique hotel and casino may reach the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeals denied an earlier petition seeking to stop it.
The court said the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption should have first opposed the project before a regional trial court, but VACC legal counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado said the court junked the groups' petition without looking at the merits of their case.
Jurado told DZMM that a motion for reconsideration was filed before the appellate court on Tuesday, and the group is prepared for a longer legal battle should it be dismissed again.
"Kung idi-deny dito, we will bring this up all the way to the Supreme Court," he said.
"VACC is determined to exhaust all legal remedies para mapigilan po na magkaroon ng casino within the historical complex of Luneta. Mahirap po iyan kung magkakaroon ng casino roon."
The group had argued that the 13,000-square meter property near Manila Bay would violate the National Cultural Heritage Act and that building a casino near the Museo Pambata (Children's Museum) was "deplorable."