Tension in Bocaue as urban poor group attempts to occupy housing site

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 17 2017 07:17 PM

MANILA – Residents of a housing site in Bocaue, Bulacan went up in arms Friday as members of urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) allegedly attempted to occupy their homes.

Policemen and firetrucks were deployed to Bocaue Hills Subdivision following reports of the attempted takeover.

The alleged takeover prompted subdivision residents, mostly families of police and military personnel, to arm themselves with blunt weapons such as steel pipes. 

“Lalaban talaga kami kaya po Ito, nagdala kami ng pang self-defense sa sarili namin just in case na pumasok sila,” a resident said.

“Hindi po namin ibibigay sa kanila kasi nagbababayad kami dito at dumaan kami sa proseso na talagang nararapat, kung ano mang proseso ang dinaanan ng mga mister namin,” said another resident.

In a statement prior to the takeover attempt, Kadamay claimed Bocaue Hills currently has 800 residents, 200 of whom are relatives of uniformed personnel and the rest are “renters.”

“Many PNP housing projects are too far from the offices and jobs of the personnel which is one of the main reasons they are left vacant. There is no reason why the housing units should be left to vegetation, dirt and pests. Dahil napakalayo ng mga pabahay, tumatagal ng maraming taon na sila’y nakatiwangwang,” said Kadamay chairperson Gloria Arellano.

The foiled takeover comes just as members of the same urban poor group occupied several housing sites in Pandi and San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan.

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not think twice of using force to evict Bulacan housing sites' intruders.

- reports from Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News; Roberto Mano, dzMM