[Press Release] Tucuma residents ask Robredo to intervene for expropriation of disputed land

Tucuma residents ask Robredo to intervene for expropriation of disputed land

A delegation of leaders from the Tucuma community in Barangay Merville in Parañaque staged a rally at the DILG head office and sought a dialogue with Secretary Jesse Robredo. A DILG official named Clarion Paz-Tanghal met with the Tucuma leaders and received the letter on behalf of Sec. Robredo. Ramil Asturias, Tucuma Federation president, said that “We asked Sec. Robredo to intervene and persuade Mayor Florencio Bernabe to stay the implementation of the demolition order and refile expropriation proceedings. It is not true that Mayor Bernabe’s hands are tied. The expropriation case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning the city hall can refile it once more. All it takes is political will.”

The Tucuma Federation leaders held the protest and then dialogue with Paz-Tanghal at around 10:00 a.m. in Quezon City in order to prevent another bloody eviction similar to the demolition at the Silverio Compound last Monday.

“We explained to the DILG that Mayor Bernabe is not powerless to do anything except demolish our homes. The local government’s expropriation case was dismissed without prejudice by the courts. This means that all Mayor Bernabe has to do is to refile the expropriation case against the Molave Development Corp which is headed by a certain Cynthia Tinitigan,” Asturias explained.

The Tucuma Federation is banking on City Ordinance 0013 s. 2000 which mandates the local government to buy the disputed land measuring some one hectare for the purpose of a socialized housing project for the informal settlers. Meanwhile some 1,000 families in Tucuma are on a 24/7 alert to defend their homes and livelihood against the expected demolition attempt.

Renato Magtubo, chairperson of the Partido ng Manggagawa, declared its support for the Tucuma Federation. He said “Tucuma’s fight is the fight of all. Decent housing is a right not a privilege of all Filipinos. Violent evictions must be prohibited. Land disputes must be resolved through negotiations without the threat of violence, deceit or bribery. Residents must be relocated to better living conditions to ensure that negotiations end peacefully in agreement.

He revealed that one of the demands to be raised in the coming May Day rally of workers is a moratorium on demolitions. A long march or “Lakbayan” of informal settlers and community youth from Calabarzon will start on April 30 and merge with the May Day rally. The Lakbayan will banner the call “Stop demolitions. Housing for all.” ###

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Mga residente ng Tucuma magsusumbong kay Sec. Robredo sa planong demolisyon ni Mayor Bernabe

Isang delegasyon ng mga lider mula sa komunidad ng Tucuma sa Barangay Merville sa Parañaque ang magtutungo ngayong umaga sa opisina ni DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo upang idulog ang kanilang kahilingang huwag ituloy ang demolisyon sa kanilang mga tahanan. “Kami ay umaapela kay Sec. Robredo na makialam at itulak si Mayor Bernabe na huwag ituloy ang demolisyon at sa halip ay ipatupad ng local government ang expropriation ng lupang tinitirikan ng aming mga bahay,” ani Ramil Asturias, presidente ng Tucuma Federation.

Magrarali ang mga lider ng Tucuma Federation sa pambansang opisina ng DILG mamayang 10:00 n.u. at makikipagdayalogo kay Robredo upang maiwasan ang madugong ebiksyon gaya ng naganap sa Silverio Compound noong Lunes.

“Ipapaliwanag namin kay Sec. Robredo na di totoong walang magagawa si Mayor Bernabe. Ang sinabi ni Mayor na natalong kaso ay dismissal without prejudice ng expropriation case. Ibig sabihin, ang kailangan lang gawin ni Mayor ay muling isampa ang expropriation proceeding,” diin ni Asturias.

Pinanghahawakan ng Tucuma Federation ang City Ordinance 0013 s. 2000 na nagsasaad na bibilhin ng local government ang humigit-kumulang isang ektaryang lupa para maging socialized housing project para sa informal settlers.

Samantala patuloy ang pagbabantay ng isang libong pamilya sa Tucuma sa bantang demolisyon na maaring maganap anumang oras. Nagpahayag sila ng kahandaang ipaglaban ang kanilang paninirahan at hanapbuhay.

Sinusuportahan naman ni Renato Magtubo, tagapangulo ng Partido ng Manggagawa, ang laban ng Tucuma. Aniya “Dapat ipagbawal ang mararahas na demolisyon. Lutasin ang mga usapin sa lupa sa kaparaanan ng negosasyon nang walang karahasan, panunuhol at panloloko. Isa sa hiling namin sa Mayo Uno ay moratorium sa mga demolisyon at pabahay para sa lahat.”

Press Release
April 27, 2011
Tucuma Federation
Contact Ramil Asturias @ 09178092807

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