Traffic stood still for about five minutes at the north bound lane of EDSA early Friday morning when informal settlers of Sitio San Roque in Barangay North Triangle in Quezon City formed a human barricade and laid down on the road to protest the closure of their access to the highway.
Motorists and commuters alike were stranded for several minutes as the residents laid on the road near the two major malls of Trinoma and SM North EDSA.
They also protested the demolition of the remaining shanties and lambasted the security guards of Ayala Land for closing their access to EDSA after midnight of Thursday, when most of them were asleep.
Josie Lopez of Anakpawis was one of the residents who still would not leave the property despite offers of relocation by the government.
In 2010, a demolition of houses in the area turned violent, prompting President Aquino to order its suspension. Many residents have since accepted the government offer of relocation.
Residents in Sitio San Roque have been offered relocation sites as North Triangle is undergoing development as a business district in Quezon City.