Supreme Court halts construction of Torre de Manila

The Supreme Court issues a restraining order against the construction of 46-floor Torre de Manila. The high court also sets June 30 to hear the petition filed by Knights of Rizal. “SC issues TRO against further construction of Torre de Manila; orders oral argument on June 30 at 2 PM,” says in the official Twitter account of Supreme Court.

“When Torre de Manila reaches the full height of 46 floors by the target date of 2016, it will completely dominate the vista and, consequently, substantially diminish in scale and importance the most cherished monument to the national hero,” Knights of Rizal said in their 26-page petition.

“It will have the same effect for the view of the Luneta Park. And this will be for all eternity,” says in the petition.

“Torre de Manila building would look at the back and overshadow the entire monument, whether up close or viewed from a distance. No one can take photo of the Rizal shrine without also capturing the high-rise condominium at its back,” the group adds.

The Knights of Rizal also believes that Torre de Manila does not only offend the sensibility of every patriotic Filipino, it desecrates the very ground consecrated by the blood of the martyred Jose Protacio Rizal.

Torre de Manila is being developed by DMCI.