Palace says no hand in Parañaque demolition


Posted at Apr 24 2012 11:10 PM | Updated as of Apr 25 2012 10:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang had nothing to do with the violent demolition of an informal settlers' colony in Parañaque City on Monday, a Palace official said.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) "is either deliberately ignoring the facts or is just poorly informed" for holding Malacañang accountable for the incident.

"The demolition of the talipapa (wet market) in the Silverio compound was by virtue of a court order, not by the executive branch," Valte told ABS-CBN News in a text message.

"It is a case that involved the city government of Parañaque, not the national government," she said. "We urge Kadamay to check its facts first before issuing their usual propaganda."

Kadamay and other leftist groups on Tuesday headed for Aquino's ancestral home on Times St., Brgy. West Triangle in Quezon City to protest the demolition.

The protesters, who brought a casket with them, claimed that Aquino should be held accountable for the death of an informal settler during the demolition.

10 injured policemen

Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said 10 police officers were injured in clashes between law enforcers and informal settlers in Parañaque .

Nine of the injured police officers are Inspector Benedicto Balagtas, Police Officer 1 Martin Renato, PO1 Alvin Caña Veral, PO1 Zaldy Arzadan, PO1 Teodorico Arias Jr., PO1 Joey Aton, PO1 Salvador Estaris, PO1 Elvin Gulfo, and PO1 Marco Rogel Comraya. - with reports from Willard Cheng and Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News