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Gabriela Solon Condemns the Violent Demolition of San Juan Residents
Press Release Posted on January 10th, 2012.
Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan condemned today the violent demolition of homes in Bgy. Corazon de Jesus in San Juan injuring several residents resisting eviction and transfer to Rodriguez, Rizal.
“This heartless and violent demolition clearly illustrates how the San Juan local government and the Aquino administration view informal settlers like rats. This betrays its inhumanity and lack of sincerity in pursuing a comprehensive program that will provide decent housing and social services to the poor,” said Ilagan.
The Gabriela solon stressed residents’ appeals and proposals for in-city relocation in lieu of their transfer to Rodriguez, Rizal were ignored.
“Residents are being forced to relocate where jobs, electricity and water are scarce. Demolitions and forced evictions automatically translate to workers having to leave their sources of income and children having to stop going to school. The violent demolition of homes and forced eviction of urban poor residents amid worsening poverty, unemployment and the depravation of basic social services is the height of social injustice.”#