Residents of Pook Malinis, Brgy. UP Campus successfully protected their rebuilt homes from another demolition earlier this morning.
Around 20 blue guards and some Quezon City Police District officers came past 9AM to finally tear down nine houses they have been threatening to demolish since last Monday, residents say. The guards came in spite of an assurance yesterday from the barangay captain that the demolition will be delayed for a week.
Attempts to level the area began on January 22 when the blue guards were able to demolish two houses, which the residents later rebuilt.
Anakpawis President and community spokesperson Abby Alcantara states that the blue guards never presented any legal document pertaining to the demolition project.
Some accounts from the residents say that a parking space for the UP Office of Community Relations (OCR) is going to be constructed after their homes are torn down.
The occupants of the nine houses were originally tenants but chose to build their own houses in the targeted demolition areas after not being able to pay their rent anymore.
According to Alcantara, the residents took out 5–6 loans to pay the UP Task Force, the blue guards, to allow them to build their homes there.
She also mentioned that the blue guards said that ₱10,000 was to be deducted from their salaries if they fail to document having demolished the houses in Pook Malinis.
Student leaders and residents of Pook Malinis quickly condemned the demolition and initiated a mobilization this afternoon. A dialogue between the community leaders and the UP Diliman Police also took place, Tinig ng Plaridel reported.
In the dialogue, Acting Chief Security Officer Atty. John Baroña assured that demolition will be halted so long as no additional structures were built.
But Baroña added that the residents will have to talk to Chancellor Michael Tan to completely ensure that no demolition will happen. #