Torre de Manila demolition pushed

In a memorandum submitted by Solicitor-General Florin Hilbay to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, it is stated that Torre de Manila has been built in violation of national and local laws, hence the push for its demolition.
Torre de Manila demolition

"An order of demolition is a natural consequence of the finding that the Torre de Manila was built in violation of national and local laws.”, Hilbay wrote in the  46-page memorandum dated September 21.

"The Constitution declares that all the country’s artistic and historical wealth constitutes the cultural treasure of the nation and shall be under the protection of the State. The accompanying mandate is for the State to conserve, promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage," Hilbay said.

"Thus, as a matter of principle, even in the absence of a statute, the constitutional mandate to protect the country’s historic wealth and conserve the nation’s historical and cultural heritage exists in relation to the Rizal Monument, a cultural artifact that is undoubtedly part of the cultural treasure of the nation,” he added.

The residential building and its developer DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI) have been hot news topics in the past months due to its apparent encroachment of the sight line of the Rizal Monument.

Torre de Manila permits
Legal permits such as zoning and building have been secured way back in June 2012 and 2013 respectively. Thereby, the construction followed.

Then, in February 2014, an online campaign against the construction of the high-rise condominium project emerged. It was launched by tour guide and activist Carlos Celdran. He argued that the building would spoil the view of the iconic monument of Dr. Jose Rizal at Luneta.

Critics, specially heritage conservationists considered the structure as an eyesore.

On June 17, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the construction of the said project.

Fast facts about Torre de Manila:
  • Structure type: Residential building
  • Developer: DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI)
  • Planned floor count: 46
  • Architectural style: Contemporary Art Deco inspired
  • Address: Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila
  • Start of construction: 2012
  • Estimated year of completion: 2016
  • Planned turnover of the building: 2017
  • Height (Roof): 165 m (541.34 ft)
  • Floor area: 7,448 m2 (80,169.60 sq ft)
  • Parking: 702 slots
Source: Inquirer

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