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In 2012, urban poor jailed, killed for fighting for homes * Latest Posts Economy Human Rights Other Stories Special Reports Urban Poor Women & Children 

In 2012, urban poor jailed, killed for fighting for homes

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – Eight months have passed since Arnel Leonor, 19, of Silverio Compound in Parañaque City, was killed during the demolition of their homes. As of this writing, no justice has been served and his mother Glenda feels it is taking too long. Eight months, too, have passed since Vicente Tiongson, 32, was arrested and jailed. His wife Mylene Marsenes, 24, said he was about to buy food after the demolition when the police arrested him. Since then, she and her two children survive…

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Makati City gov’t demolishes homes, attacks Guatemala St. residents * Latest Posts Must-Reads Special Reports Top Stories Urban Poor 

Makati City gov’t demolishes homes, attacks Guatemala St. residents

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“What use do I have for school if we lose our home? My parents work as vendors in Makati, I attend school in the nearby high school. If we lose our house, we will be forced to live on the streets. I’m here because I want to help defend our community. We’re poor, but we have dignity. They can’t just drive us out like we’re wild animals,” said Jeffrey, 17.

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Six hurt in rally vs ordinance declaring the Quezon City Central Business District * Latest Posts Other Stories Urban Poor 

Six hurt in rally vs ordinance declaring the Quezon City Central Business District

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Urban poor groups and a government employees union held a protest action in front of the Quezon City Hall to criticize the recently passed local ordinance that designates the East and North Triangles as the city’s central business district. But they were prevented from entering the city hall and, in the process, six urban poor protesters were hurt during the dispersal. “The injury is nothing compared to the sufferings that families face everyday because of threats of demolition.” Salvacion Berza, one of…

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Sorry conditions in urban poor relocation site * Latest Posts Top Stories Urban Poor 

Sorry conditions in urban poor relocation site

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“The government wants to project itself as compassionate and humane because it provides these relocation sites, but it will not admit that there are so many things that are wrong in these sites and people do not benefit from being forced to live there.” – Gabriela Women’s Party

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World Bank funds project to address housing crisis as demolitions continue * Latest Posts Top Stories Urban Poor 

World Bank funds project to address housing crisis as demolitions continue

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“The government has no right to call Filipinos squatters in their own country. It has the responsibility to provide its citizens with decent social housing and ensure that they have access to social services.” – Kadamay

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Satur C. Ocampo | Fil-Ams: ‘President Noynoy, take charge!’ * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Opinion 

Satur C. Ocampo | Fil-Ams: ‘President Noynoy, take charge!’

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In the past several weeks thousands of families of informal settlers in the National Capital Region have had their houses or communities demolished or threatened to be demolished by the government and private business interests. In some instances, the demolitions were attended by violence and physical injuries, such as what happened at the Laperal Compound in Makati City last month, and before that at New Manila and North Triangle in Quezon City, and at San Roque in San Juan….

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Satur C. Ocampo | From dream to nightmare * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Opinion 

Satur C. Ocampo | From dream to nightmare

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In the past several weeks thousands of families of informal settlers in the National Capital Region have had their houses or communities demolished or threatened to be demolished by the government and private business interests. In some instances, the demolitions were attended by violence and physical injuries, such as what happened at the Laperal Compound in Makati City last month, and before that at New Manila and North Triangle in Quezon City, and at San Roque in San Juan….

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‘Aquino’s massive relocation plan will spur series of violent demolitions soon,’ says urban poor group Press Releases and Statements 

‘Aquino’s massive relocation plan will spur series of violent demolitions soon,’ says urban poor group

PRESS RELEASE May 12, 2011 Kadamay-NCR hits PNoy’s all-out demolition policy of urban poor communities MANILA — Militant urban poor group, Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap – National Capital Region (Kadamay-NCR) today urges the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to withdraw its all-out demolition policy against urban poor settlers all over the country. On his visit in Jakarta, Indonesia last week during the ASEAN Summit, PNoy made open pronouncement of its plan to massively relocate an initial 560,000 poor families to 1.5 million hectares of farm land nationwide for…

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