MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – While Filipinos await a decision from the Philippine Supreme Court on Torre de Manila, a new, giant billboard has been put up on the facade of the controversial condominium project.
The court case stems from a petition filed by the Knights of Rizal seeking to stop the construction of the high-rise building because it mars the sightline of the monument of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Among the respondents named in the petition were the National Historical Commision of the Philippines (NHCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Museum.
Just yesterday, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) said it will no longer represent NHCP in the case filed before the Supreme Court. (It wasn’t clear whether or not the OSG decision had something to do with the new billboard.)
The billboard was put up by Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas, President Aquino’s Interior and Local Government Secretary.
As expected , Roxas’s rival candidate, Vice President Jejomar Binay, has protested the campaign billboard and says he will file an electioneering complaint against Roxas before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Binay asserts that the official campaign period has not yet begun and that the vice president is put at a great disadvantage by the billboard because of its prime location. Binay also claims that the Roxas campaign billboard exceeds the maximum size allowed under Comelec rules.