Update: QC court halts demolition of shanties in North Triangle

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 23 – The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QCRTC) on Thursday ordered the National Housing Authority (NHA) to stop the demolition of shanties at an informal settlers’ colony at the central terminal and North Triangle areas in Quezon City.

QCRTC Branch 226 Judge Maria Luisa Padilla signed the urgent motion for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO).

Informal settlers in Sitio San Roque, Barangay Bagong Pag-Asa, fought off a demolition team from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), which was dispatched by the NHA Thursday morning.

The arrival of the demolition crew sparked clashes with illegal settlers throwing bottles and pelting stones, stalling traffic on the northbound lane of Edsa from the Trinoma Mall area to White Plains.

Kilos Maralita, a broad coalition of urban poor organizations, denounced the violent demolition in Sitio San Roque in Barangay Pag-asa, Quezon City, in a statement.

“We condemn, in the strongest possible term, the violence in the attempt to demolish the settlement of the people of Sitio San Roque in Quezon City,” the group said.

About 10 people were hurt, including five policemen, in the demolition attempt where the residents blocked EDSA, causing heavy traffic jam for hours, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Benjardi Mantele said.

Stones were thrown from the demolition team and from the residents in two confrontations, each lasting for about 30 minutes.

The residents also fought back when the police tried to break their barricade. As of press time, around 60 houses were demolished in spite of the strong resistance from the residents.

The statement also said that they would continue to resist demolitions not only in Quezon City and also to all communities allied with Kilos Maralita.

Kilos-Maralita is a broad coalition of urban-poor groups with almost 300 member-organizations nationwide.

It is the result of efforts of various urban-poor organizations to create a united front against evictions and demolitions of informal housing settlements of the poor. (PNA)

DCT/JCA

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