“I learned from the process that ‘wants’ of these urban poor families are what may be considered as ‘basic’ for those who are considered in the middle class.”
By DEE AYROSO
“Pushing through with the demolition will only add to the number of homeless.”
At Camp Karingal, the police did not even bother feeding the 57 Apollo residents it ‘arrested.’
Urban poor groups are calling for a stop to the demolition of informal settler communities, and to hold former President Benigno Aquino III accountable for the destruction and violence.
For two days recently, violent clashes broke out between the police and informal settlers resisting the demolition of their homes (about 100 families) in a privately claimed lot in Culiat, Quezon City. These were but the latest of similar scenes in the metropolis and elsewhere in the country. Demolition – or the threat of it…
Kadamay said 16 urban poor leaders had been killed under the Aquino administration. The latest victim, Benilda Santos, was shot dead in Quezon City on May 22.
The demolition of homes in North Triangle is among the cases that would be filed against President Aquino in the coming International People’s Tribunal in Washington DC in July.
“We have no problem with the road project as long as it is legal and no corruption is involved. We only ask the local government, as well as the national government, to let us stay here. We will make do with what is left for us here.”
Mary Ann Florenda, president of Samahan ng Magkakapitbahay ng Road 10, said residents were given only seven days to leave their homes, as the notice of demolition was only issued on Apr. 14, 2014.
“I thought that our struggle would end when we accepted the offer to relocate. But now I realized that it is not yet over.”