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SC owns proposed new home

Alvin Murcia

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The Supreme Court (SC), through Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, on Tuesday signed the deed of absolute sale with the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) for the purchase of the 21,463 square-meter property located at the former Philippine Army Security Escort Group Area, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The signing ceremonies for the new SC Complex were conducted at the Division Hearing Room, SC New Building, along Padre Faura Street, Manila.

“Today’s signing marks the culmination of the negotiations and signifies the beginning of the new phase of the project that is the construction of the complex. We are a step closer to finally realizing our common dream to have a place we can call our own. This milestone is made possible by the sustained collaboration and consultation among the parties present today,” said Chief Justice Bersamin.

He personally handed over to Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and chief executive officer Vivencio Dizon the check amounting to P1,044,021,642.86 as full payment for the purchase of the 21,463 square meter property.

Bersamin and Dizon also signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar for the construction of the access road going to C5 and a separate MoA with Megaworld senior vice president Kevin Andrew Tan for an access road from the SC property to Campus Avenue in the McKinley Area.

Bersamin said the signing “is a very momentous event for the Supreme Court because this will signal now the final move to another place where (the SC) will be considered the owners.”

The SC Building in Manila is owned by the University of the Philippines.

The Chief Justice acknowledged the efforts of Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, chairman of the Committee on the New Supreme Court Complex who was also present during the event, saying: “I personally would like to commend the leadership of my colleague, Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe, who spearheads the Committee on this New Supreme Court Complex as its Working Chairperson.”

He also commended the other Court officials, saying: “We understand that there are still so many things to be done and a lot of challenges to be hurdled. Nevertheless, with your continued cooperation and unwavering support, we will one day soon see all the hard work come to fruition. I am certain that I will no longer be the Chief Justice when this day finally arrives. But I assure you that I will be among the first to feel the most proud and excited to have our beloved Supreme Court finally have a home.”

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