MANILA — The Supreme Court voted to junk the petition of the Knights of Rizal that sought to demolish the Torre de Manila condominium.
The group called the building as the national “photobomber” since it allegedly ruins the sight-line of Rizal monument at Luneta Park.
But the court said they have no jurisdiction over the issue and that the petitioners have no legal standing to sue.
Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said in a statement, “The court, voting 9-6, dismissed the petition for mandamus for the reasons that: (1) the court has no jurisdiction over the subject matter; (2) the petitioners have no standing to sue; and (3) they stand to suffer no injury.”
The court further said that there is no law that prohibits the construction of Torre de Manila.
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will be writing the full decision which was concurred in by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and seven other justices.
Six magistrates did not agree with the decision.
The Supreme Court also lifted the temporary restraining order issued on Torre de Manila construction.
DMCI Homes welcomes the decision saying they will immediately proceed with the long overdue completion of the building.
The Knights of Rizal respects the court ruling as they thanked the public who supported their case before the high court. — UNTV News & Rescue