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[Press Release] Labor NGO condemns violent demolition in San Juan – CTUHR

The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights condemned the violent demolition of homes in Corazon de Jesus, saying that the brute force and displacement of families from their homes are “never justifications for so-called development projects.”

Arman Hernando, CTUHR documentation head said, “We condemn the violence the local government of San Juan enforced on its very constituents leaving tens of families homeless. Utter disregard for basic rights are never justifications for so-called development projects.”

“When 121 families lose their homes and their source of income, and when the government uses absolute force and violence on its people to pave the way for a new city hall, can we actually say that their programs are developmental?”

On January 11, homes of 121 families in Bgy. Corazon de Jesus were demolished under the order of the local government of San Juan. Around 23 individuals were injured when the policemen and demolition team forced their way to the community breaking the barricade built by the residents. Aside from using a bulldozer and a firetruck, the police also threw teargas, beat the residents with their clubs and fired guns aimlessly to threaten the resisting residents.

Twenty-eight other residents and supporters were illegally arrested during and after the confrontation. Around 100 homes were demolished despite the strong resistance of the residents.  Most of them vowed to stay even with their homes already dismantled as they continue to refuse to be relocated in far areas.

Right to housing is right to life

In an urgent appeal sent by Demolition Watch to the UN Rapporteur to Right to Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik, the group reiterated their belief that the right to adequate housing is not only the people’s right to have a shelter, but also the people’s right to life, to decent work and adequate standard of living.

Like other cases of urban demolitions, residents of Corazon de Jesus are offered relocation sites in far places such as Rodriguez, Rizal away from the residents’ workplaces and lacks access to basic services such as hospitals and education. Instead, the residents insist that the land should be distributed amongst them by the local government as it was already awarded to them by former President Corazon Aquino and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Resistance [of the residents] is justified. To them, Corazon de Jesus is way more habitable than the proposed relocation site. They are merely fighting for survival. The government for the longest time have neglected them and yet it is first to suppress their resistance. Indeed, they have no one else to turn to but to themselves to defend their rights and interests.They are willing to sacrifice their lives for their right to housing and their right to life,” Hernando added.

Demolitions and PPP

“The right to adequate housing is a legitimate call of the people. It is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Economic Social and Cultural Rights which the Philippine Government ratified. And we will continue to push the government to fulfill this obligation.”

“But with the rate of one demolition every month under the Aquino admistration, this basic right is being widely-violated. And with government’s brainchild policy, public-private-partnership, more ‘development projects’ would lead to more displacement of the poor in both urban and rural communities. The people are thus challenged time and again to be more resolute in defending their rights,” Hernando avers.

18 January 2012
Reference: Arman Hernando, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights Documentation Coordinator, +63922.821.6283

[In the news] Residents of community in San Juan leave homes quietly as demolition resumes – gmanetwork.com

Residents of community in San Juan leave homes quietly as demolition resumes
January 14, 2012

 Two days after engaging authorities in a violent confrontation, families at a residential area up for demolition in San Juan City left their homes peacefully Friday afternoon.

A report on dzBB radio on Saturday said the families offered no resistance as demolition teams dismantled their houses in Corazon de Jesus village.

Some 31 families were relocated while the others opted to look for houses in nearer areas, the report said.

It said, the San Juan City government allowed families looking for houses outside the relocation site in Rodriguez town in Rizal province to temporarily place their belongings in a warehouse owned by a local official.

However, the city government stressed the families are not to live in the warehouse.

Also, the city government cordoned off the demolition area to keep residents from returning.

Clearing operations at the Corazon de Jesus area resumed peacefully after 3 p.m. Friday, two days after more than 30 people were hurt in a violent confrontation with wrecking teams.

Read full article @ www.gmanetwork.com

[Statement] PLM Calls for Solidarity of the Poor Against Demolitions – PLM

 The PLM salutes the residents of Bgy. Corazon de Jesus, San Juan City, who fought fiercely for their rights to remain in the area after a big number of police and demolition forces swooped down on their barangay and demolished their houses.

The people of Bgy. Corazon fought back like there was no tomorrow, with the weapons of the oppressed: stones, sling shots, pillboxes and molotov cocktails.

As a result, more than 30 people were hurt, scores were arrested, and many lost their homes. But many have opted to remain even if their homes were already demolished. They say they will continue to fight it out because they have no other options left.
The city government has said that it will provide P10,000 and a sack of rice for each family which will be relocated to far-flung Rodriguez, Rizal province – in a place where there are no amenities, no available jobs and where they will have to pay a monthly rent to occupy a small piece of land.

The residents are right to say that they are being treated like pigs by this government and the trapo elite who control the government from top-down, be it the trapos led by the Aquinos, the Estradas or the Arroyos.

The PLM also calls on the people to defend their rights and to rise up against demolitions that will continue in many parts of Metro Manila and other urban centers in the Philippines as the Aquino government and its local counterparts clear urban poor communities to provide prime real estate for big business conglomerates – the Ayalas, Aranetas, Henry Sys and their ilk.

We believe that the people have a fundamental right to decent housing, jobs and expanded welfare benefits. We believe that it is immoral for the elite to own so much land, wield so much power, monopolize so many assets and properties while the majority of the population lives in utter destitution and hunger.

The only way to solve the inequalities and oppression in the country is to distribute the wealth of the elite – ill-gotten and otherwise – and provide for the needs of the poor majority.

We call for solidarity of the poor, whatever their affiliations, to close ranks and rise up to defend and expand their rights and welfare.

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
January 12, 2012

[Featured Photo] Homeless after forced eviction in San Juan City

Hundreds Left Homeless During Forced Eviction of Settlers
Photo blog by Rommel Yamzon, Life in a box

Photo by Rommel Yamzon

Around 300 houses were destroyed by the demolition crew during forced eviction of residents in Barangay Corazon de Jesus, San Juan City happened on January 11, 2012.

More photos @ rommelyamzon.blogspot.com