Informal settlers, police clash in QC demolition

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STANDOFF  Elements of the Quezon City Police Crowd Control dispersal Management hold their ground against residents who assaulted them with rocks and bottles during a demolition in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City. PhOTO BY Ruy l. Martinez

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Elements of the Quezon City Police Crowd Control dispersal Management hold their ground against residents who assaulted them with rocks and bottles during a demolition in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City. PhOTO BY Ruy l. Martinez

Informal settlers battled policemen who tried to demolish their houses at the Secret Garden compound in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City on Tuesday morning.

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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.

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  1. Juan T. Delacruz on

    Federalism would be a very good answer to these type of problems that the government is trying to solve because the allocated budget goes directly to local government and most of the red tapes are eliminated. Congested population in Metro Manila is getting out of control because people always believe that Manila is the center of government and money is much easier to find in Manila. However, if provincial budgets are distributed to the provinces and municipalities, this will create jobs and opportunities, and somehow, serve as an encouragement to the jobless in Manila to go back to their old place to begin a new life again. There would be so many jobs opening for everybody, and well managed public funds should be in the minds of people as well.

    There were tons of money plundered by politicians and these type of political practices must cease to exist. It does not require a high I.Q. to imagine if these plundered money were used to build infrastructures and would have created so many jobs for the poor. To President Duterte, start implementing the plans, and as always, make sure that the people’s money are spent well. Start serving and helping the people, and tell the CBCP to get out of your way. Reminder: Please DO NOT use bad modifier or adjectives anymore such as ‘tang ina or ‘namu because these are bad grammar, dili ba?