In this video, residents of Barangay Corazon de Jesus, an urban-poor community in San Juan City, Metro Manila, battle the police, which include snipers and goons by the local government who were sent to demolish hundreds of homes to make way for a city hall and commercial centers. The demolition turned violent as the police used clubs, truncheons and water cannons against the residents, who fought back by throwing rocks, even plastic bags full of feces, at the demolition crew. Several were arrested and injured. Former president Joseph Estrada and his son, JV Ejercito, a congressman representing San Juan, later held a press conference blaming leftists for the violence. The residents denied the allegation and accused the Estradas of being heartless.
Included in this video are dramatic footages showing Bulatlat.com reporter Janess Ann Ellao and other journalists caught in the crossfire as the violence escalates.
Video taken by Janess Ann J. Ellao of Bulatlat.com using a standard-definition Flip video camera. Edited by Ayi S. Muallam and
produced by Bulatlat Multimedia.