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Anakbayan to Bistek, NHA: Why don’t you try living in the San Roque relocation sites?

September 23, 2010

“Before Bistek and (Nat’l Housing Authority head) Chito Cruz portray the residents of San Roque, why don’t they try to live in the ‘relocation sites’ they are boasting about and see if they can stand it”

This was the message of Anakbayan spokesperson Charisse Bañez to Quezon City mayor Herbert ‘Bistek’ Bautista and NHA head Cruz over the ongoing violent demolition of homes in Sitio San Roque, Quezon City near the Trinoma Mall.

Dozens of residents of the said community were injured after being attacked with rocks and crowbars by demolition teams under the NHA, after the residents resisted an order to leave their homes. The agency, hand-in-hand with the Ayala Corporation, is eyeing San Roque as part of a so-called ‘Q.C Central Business District’ which is modeled after the Makati Business District.

According to the urban poor group Kadamay, more than 6000 families will be displaced by the said project, as well as a host of government agencies whose national offices are in the vicinity.

“The relocation site is not even fit for pigs to live in. Even the original residents want to move out” said Bañez. She said that the site does not have any electricity, access to potable water, plumbing, and is prone to flooding as shown during the Ondoy and Pepeng storms last year. It is located in Montalban, Rizal.

“Ang kapal lang talaga ng mukha nila. They portray the San Roque residents as ‘unreasonable’, yet I bet they won’t last two days in the relocation site” said the youth leader.

The Anakbayan spokesperson added “What the people of San Roque want is simple and definitely reasonable: living quarters that are fit for human beings. Unless the NHA can provide it, the people have every right to resist the demolition”.

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