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[Statement] What one Government gives, another Government takes away

What one Government gives, another Government takes away

(Statement of Bishops and Priests of the National Clergy Discernment Group and the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group on the Barangay Luz, Cebu City Demolition)
October 17, 2012

Demolition in Barangay Luz, Cebu City Photo by Visayan Clergy Discernment Group

“To do all we can with what strength we have, however, is the task which keeps the good servant of Jesus Christ always at work: ‘The love of Christ urges us on’ (2 Cor 5:14)” [Deus caritas est, 35].

With these words of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, we, bishops and priests of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group and the National Clergy Discernment Group, give our full support to the legitimate and just cause of the families of 32 households facing demolition in Barangay Luz, Cebu City who are heirs of land given to them in the 1950’s by the government of President Magsaysay through Proclamation 394 on March 15, 1957. The barangay was then named by the people after his wife Luz Banzon Magsaysay.

More than 50 years later, another government takes away their land, through some technicality, as decided by the Supreme Court.

The Cebu City Council refuses to act on the Executive’s proposal for on-site relocation. The reason – the Council is dominated by the opposing political party. The usual trapo politicking results in more suffering for the people.

The judge who implemented the Supreme Court decision is now in a bind. The first nine families whose houses got demolished and he got evicted are told that their designated relocation lots are in fact already owned by other families. So, the evicted families are left to live under tents next to their own inherited land – ironic!

We hear them crying out, like Jesus on the Cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46) and we respond with collective voice in asking the Supreme Court to order the RTC of Cebu to postpone further demolitions until all the requirements of relocation are adequately in place; preferably that the heirs hold on to the land given to them by President Ramon Magsaysay.

Secondly, the bishops and priests of the NCDG urge the Executive and Legislative branches of the Cebu City LGU to lay aside partisan politics, and serve the people.

May the day won’t come that we would have to ask the Lord: “…When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?” And may we would not have to hear the Lord reply: “I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me. And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting” (Mt. 25:44-46).

SIGNED BY 86 PRIESTS FROM DIFFERENT DIOCESES IN THE COUNTRY AND SUBMITTED TO THE SUPREME COURT ON OCTOBER 17, 2012.

In behalf of the NCDG and VCDG,

Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (SGD).
Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro
Tel. No. (033) 3291625

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[Appeal] Letter of Barangay Luz demolition victims to Supreme Court -TFUC Cebu

BARANGAY LUZ URBAN POOR FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION (BLUPFO)
Sitios Lubi, Nangka, Mabuhay, Barangay Luz, Cebu City
Cell No. 0921-6080346

LETTER OF BARANGAY LUZ DEMOLITION VICTIMS TO SUPREME COURT

October 15, 2012

Hon. Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of the Philippines
Padre Faura Street, Manila 1000

Dear Supreme Court Chief Justice and Members,

Greetings of Peace!

We are writing in order to inform your honors of our horrible situation after your decision on our case.

Acting upon your order (Civil Case No. Ceb 18352 : Anselma Conag, et al vs. Province of Cebu, et al), the Regional Trial Court 11, under Judge Ramon Daomilas, ordered the demolition of our 32 households located in Sitios Nangka, Mabuhay and Lubi at Barangay Luz, Cebu City.

The demolition was started on October 8, 2012 and would continue this week. The implementation of demolition is staggered. The demolition team has demolished already nine households last week in Sitio Mabuhay rendering some of us homeless. There are 23 households left to be demolished this week.

The nine demolished households in Mabuhay are not provided with adequate relocation with facilities as the Local Government of Cebu City is ill-prepared for the situation. We are now living and stockpiling our stuff in side streets. We have no kitchen, water and electricity. We have not received the financial assistance from the Local Government, except for a few tents and food for 3 days.

We are conscious that before a demolition would be implemented, there should be available “Adequate resettlement site and relocation facilities” as EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 152 dated December 10, 2002 provides. The absence of “adequate resettlement and relocation facilities” and the non-existence of facilitative actions by the Local Government violate the procedure on demolition.

We are sure that the remaining 23 households which will be demolished starting October 16, 2012 will suffer the same situation. One of our members was told by a staff of the Cebu City Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor that the 32 areas listed as relocation site have already claimants or owners and we will be “assumees.”

We are thus asking your Honors to stop the demolition as the Local Government Unit of Cebu City has not provided us with “adequate resettlement site and relocation facilities” in gross violation of the law.

The Cebu City Council, whose majority is the opposition political party, disapproved the executive’s request for funds for on-site relocation. Moreover, Cebu City Councilor Nida Cabrera who belongs to the majority bloc politically opposed to the Executive, is the strong official who controls the Homeowners’ Associations (HOA) implementing the Community Mortgage Program (CMP). She is bent on getting rid of the 32 households, and replace us with suspected professional squatters (please see attachment for more details on the list of illegal assumees, and why they are deemed professional squatters).

We hope that you will find this request very urgent as demolition has continued and we have nowhere to go.

Thank you very much.

Very truly yours,

Generosa Corbeta (SGD.)
President

Lucena Fabular (SGD.)
Vice President

SIGNED BY 32 HOUSEHOLDS

[Statement] Stop demolition in Barangay Luz, uphold the poor’s right to shelter -Cebu Solidarity with the Urban Poor

Stop demolition in Barangay Luz, uphold the poor’s right to shelter

The Cebu Solidarity with the Urban Poor appeals to Cebu City Councilor Nida Cabrera who is also the Homeowners’ Association President of one of the sitios with households to be demolished on September 24, 2012, to dialogue with the affected households.

The 32 households have expressed that they are willing to sit down with the Homeowners Associations of Sitios Nangka, Lubi and Mabuhay in Barangay Luz, Cebu City so that their differences can be ironed out; and a peaceful resolution to the land/housing program problem will be settled through dialogue.

The Solidarity reiterates that all demolitions of dwellings of poor families can never be peaceful. Rendering our brothers and sisters homeless is always violent. Violation of the right to shelter of poor families is always violent.

We pray that all of us in the community will see in our poor brothers and sisters, the face of our Lord Jesus Christ who said, “Whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for me. (Matthew 25:40)”

Jesus was born in a manger because there was no more room in the inn. Through demolitions, we are sending Jesus once more into the manger.

For reference:

FR. VICENTE DAYAO
Spokesperson
Cebu Solidarity with the Urban Poor
Tel. No. 262-1140
Email: cebusolidarityurbanpoor@yahoo.com

Cebu Solidarity with the Urban Poor
A solidarity of concerned individuals and organizations opposing Cebu urban poor demolitions

PRESS STATEMENT
September 21, 2012

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