Manila LGU denies Post Office ‘demolition’

The mayor also stressed that there will be no new buildings that will be built at the area

The local government of Manila has denied claims that the fire that gutted the Manila Central Post Office on Sunday night was deliberate as Mayor Honey Lacuna said that the fire was a “tragic accident” and that there is no evidence to support the claims that it was set fire on purpose.

“To those who are worried that someone else might want to build something, don’t worry,” Lacuna said.

“The place where the Manila Central Post Office stands is an institutional zone according to our zoning ordinance, but apart from that, it was declared in 2018 by the national museum as an important cultural property, which means that the entire area was declared as a heritage zone,” she added.

The mayor also stressed that there will be no new buildings that will be built at the area.

“No building other than the post office can be built on this site. This means that the zoning ordinance protects the area and that neither the city government nor the national government can build any infrastructure other than the post office,” she said.

The lady mayor, however, expressed her sadness over the unfortunate incident.

“We are saddened by the loss of this iconic building, but we are committed to rebuilding it as soon as possible,” Lacuna added.

To recall, the fire started at around 11:45 p.m. on Sunday and was declared under control at around 7 a.m. on Monday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Manila Central Post Office is a national government property and is a designated heritage site. It was built in 1926 and is one of the most recognizable buildings in Manila.

The fire caused extensive damage to the building, but no one was injured.

Lacuna said that the local government is working

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