Isko rejects 'photobomber' highrise behind Quiapo Church

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Posted at Jul 04 2019 10:37 AM | Updated as of Jul 04 2019 11:12 AM

MANILA - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Thursday said he would not allow a supposed plan for the construction of a highrise behind the Quiapo Church.

The previous city administration, he said, approved an initial plan for the construction of a 9-story commercial building some 10 meters from the rear of Quiapo Church. The developers, however, requested for permission to build up to 12 storeys and later, up to 37 storeys, said the mayor.

"Photobomber na naman 'to," he said of the plan that was brought to his attention by some constituents.

(This will be another photobomber.)

"'Wag magkamali iyung mga negosyante sa atin. Don't get me wrong, okay po ako sa pagtatayo ng building, pero 'pag heritage ang tatamaan ninyo, pasensya na po kayo. Kung ano lang po ang allowed sa inyo ng batas, iyun lang ang ibibigay ko. Walang special use permit iyun," he told radio DZMM.

(Businessmen should not get me wrong, the construction of buildings is okay with me, but if you're gonna hit a heritage site, please forgive me. I can only give what the law allows. There's no special permit use for that.)

Moreno said he ordered the city engineer to give documents for the planned highrise and all other buildings to the Manila council so that it can be reviewed.

"'Pag ginawa n'yo 'yan sa konseho, malalahathala kayo. Mabubulgar po iyan e kasi malalagay sa minutes. 'Pag kami-kami lang sa ehekutibo... walang makakaalam na tao," e said.

(If the council does that, it would be published. It would be bared because it would be part of the minutes of the meeting. If it's just us in the executive, no one would know about it.)

DZMM, July 4, 2019