Urban poor group Kadamay insisted Thursday its members will not vacate the houses they occupied in Pandi, Bulacan despite the government's threat to evict them.
Group members are expecting possible eviction next week, but they hope it will not come to that.
The National Housing Authority (NHA) on Monday served about 600 eviction notices to Kadamay members who illegally took over several housing units in Pandi and in San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan.
Data from Bulacan police show that Kadamay members have occupied a total of 5,107 housing units.
Kadamay reiterated its call for the government to just give them the homes, which they said were unoccupied to begin with.
Former Bayan Muna party-list representative Atty. Neri Colmenares also urged the NHA to give houses to the Kadamay members.
President Duterte earlier said he will not tolerate the illegal occupation of the housing units and he will use force to evict the illegal occupants.