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Cebu plans to tear down quake-damaged Palace of Justice

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Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is eyeing at tearing down the iconic Marcelo Fernan Palace of Justice located behind the Capitol building.

The structure, which was damaged during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in 2013, “poses risk to passers-by,” said Garcia.

Prior to the disaster, the Palace of Justice was home to the Cebu City and Province’s Prosecutor’s Office, Public Attorney’s Office, municipal and regional trial courts, and even the Office of the Ombudsman.

It had to be vacated completely after it was found its structural integrity was compromised. (https://bit.ly/2T9PZlq)

Garcia said she will have to hear the expert opinions of structural engineers before making a final decision.

“If I can be assured that the public will be safe, we will have it retrofitted. If I do not get a 101 percent assurance, we will tear it down then we will construct a building with the same architecture, the same design,” she added.

Garcia said she has already sent a letter to the Supreme Court on the province’s plan to utilize the now-idle space.