The rules should be applied fairly and properly and not what is popular at the moment. Because seriously, it just does not make sense.
Like for the area around UST, I know there is a zoning rule there than no building should be higher than the UST Main building so that the focal point (highest point) would be UST's building. But you can clearly see that other building have gone way above it already.
Mabuhay Rotunda should also be higher than the surrounding, but that's also out the window. If I am not mistaken on this issue.
If DMCI pursued the proper channels, getting zoning exemptions and what not, and were given the go ahead, why would it be illegal then?
I am not pro-DMCI here but I am just against kneeling to the loudest voice in a crowd.
If the entity (DMCI in this situation), got proper permits and clearances, yet is still hindered by outside forces even after going through the proper channels, shouldn't there be more discussion as to why it ended up happening instead of just focusing on the building itself?
True, zoning is said to have allowed only 7 storeys but I found articles saying they sought exemption and were granted it. If so, then the pursuit of the exemption is not wrong. Where were those who sought to "preserve" the view during the hearing for the application of exemption? Wasn't Carlos Celdran already part of Manila LGU at the point already (2012 to present)?
Since everything is technically legal then, if this building is to be torn down, then since it is a legal construction but for compliance, then the city/national government should technically reimburse them for the costs given the flip flopping of the decision of legality as well as exemption.
To avoid these issues, areas where there is a national concern governing it should go first through a national agency then before going to the local level/LGU (City hall).
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