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A STATEMENT ON THE VIOLENT DEMOLITION IN LAPERAL COMPOUND, MAKATI CITY

As an advocate of inclusive, transformative and sustainable urbanization, the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) denounces the violent dispersal of residents and demolition of residences at the Laperal compound in Makati City last week.  There is absolutely no justification to hurt persons who had lost their houses to fire and have yet to find a new place to call home.

We particularly object to Makati Mayor Jun Jun Binay’s unreasonable refusal to talk to affected people in the community to resolve the crisis, including agreeing to a peaceful and orderly transfer of people from Laperal compound.  In the same breath, we laud DILG Secretary Robredo’s openness to dialogue with the community leaders, to listen to their needs and agree on the way ahead.

Government, in dealing with its constituents, must show a preference for Talk instead of Tear Gas, Dialogue – instead of Imposition.  Not only does the law (RA 7279) say as much, but common sense and decency demand it as well.

Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA)
3/F Hoffner Building, Social Development Center,
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
29 April 2011