Informal settlers battled policemen who tried to demolish their houses at the Secret Garden compound in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City on Tuesday morning.
Hundreds of urban poor residents set up barricades along Luzon Avenue at 7 a.m. They threw bottles, dirty water and hurled rocks at the policemen to prevent the dismantling of their homes.
At least three persons were injured in the incident, including a member of the demolition team, an elderly resident and a member of the media.
The residents said their homes should not be demolished because the case is still pending in court. They said the owner of the 2,300-square meter compound — Alicia Picache – failed to appear in any of the court proceedings.
Earlier, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 98 ordered the demolition of the informal settlers’ area in Barangay Culiat.
During the first demolition attempt on March 9, police officers used tear gas on the informal settlers.
On March 10, residents used tricycles as barricades to stop the demolition crew.
In another attempt on April 26, the demolition was again stopped when Quezon City District 6 Rep. Jose Belmonte intervened, saying he was trying to buy more time for the informal settlers to move to a relocation site planned by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.