After violently dispersing families living in 40-50 houses in North Triangle, Quezon City, Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson, has the guts to say that the demolition ‘ended well’. “I think that ended well in the sense that the day after…they were the ones who dismantled their own houses and structures.” She further added that the residents were able to calm down and “took upon themselves to cooperate”.
The Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan – Kilusang Mayo Uno (PAMANTIK-KMU) and the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap – Timog Katagalugan (KADAMAY-TK) condemned the said statement, calling it ‘unbelievably insensitive’.
“How could you not expect the residents to ‘cooperate’ when around 1,000 police and members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) in full battle gear led and protected the demolition team? Residents, after being brutally demolished out of their homes, are forced to salvage whatever they can as they don’t have anything left. They did it not for cooperation, but as a result of hopelessness under the US-Aquino regime’s tuwid na daan,” PAMANTIK-KMU Secretary General Wenecito Urgel said.
“What transpired in Agham Road, North Triangle is as clear as broad daylight an inhumane act. It is a conscious violation of the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992, a desecration of the International Humanitarian Law that guarantees every man the right to live with dignity. Ultimately, it is a measure of the government that favors local and foreign capitalists, as the cleared area will be developed as part of Quezon City’s Central Business District,” stated Lilia Velasquez, Deputy Secretary-General of KADAMAY-TK.
“It might have ended well for the Ayalas and the US-Aquino regime for now. As unjust and unacceptable acts of the government like this continues to occur, the PAMANTIK-KMU and KADAMAY-TK will continue to lead the fight for just wages, decent jobs and free housing,” ended Urgel. #
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