15 October 2010

Court orders anew status quo vs. Ayala mall development

Regional Trial Court Judge Raymund Viray ordered the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to maintain status quo for a second time in two days on the controversial issue involving Ayala Land’s mall project and a local college here.

Judge Viray ordered SBMA and Ayala Land not to take any action to disturb the status quo for five days or until a decision is issued by the court.

Ansbert Joaquin, administrator of Comteq Computer and Business
College, said that they do not oppose the mall project, ‘since day one, we have made our position clear that all we want are equal space and amenities.’

Comteq urged the court to compel SBMA to respect Comteq’s lease agreements and provide facilities equivalent to the lease contracts in the event that it agrees to relocate in favor of Ayala Land’s mall. Comteq also asked the court to issue a permanent injunction pending resolution of the case. (30)