Lawmaker urges SC to issue TRO vs demolitions

ANAKPAWIS Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano supported the call of various urban poor groups urging Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on all demolitions in the National Capital Region (NCR) following the violent demolition in Guatemala Compound, Barangay San Isidro, Makati City.

The solon urged Sereno to act favorably on the ‘Petition for Prohibition and Mandamus under Rule 65 of the Rules of Court”, filed by the Alyansa Kontra Demolisyon (AKD) in March. Urban poor groups want SC to declare unconstitutional several provisions of the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) or Republic Act 7279 which Mariano described as the ‘government’s blueprint for forced evictions and violent demolitions.’

“These violent demolitions must be stopped immediately.UDHA effectively ‘legalized’ violent demolitions and eviction of informal settlers. This law violated significant aspects of the people’s right to adequate housing reflected in various international documents and in the Philippine Constitution,” said the solonwho authored House Bill 5443 that seeks to repeal RA 7279.

“Informal settlers resist demolition and forced eviction because of prevailing profit-driven socialized housing projects promoted by the government. They also resist the absence of basic social and economic services and lack of employment opportunities in resettlement and relocation areas.”

Mariano also urged the investigation on the conduct of the demolition in Guatemala, Makati to determine whether rules of engagement and human rights of residents were violated. “We also want Makati City Mayor Jejomar ‘JunJun’ Binay Jr. to disclose his concrete plans for some 236 families affected by the demolition,” said the solon.

Makati City ordered the demolition of structures in the 800 sqm. compound to give way for the construction for a Multi-Purpose Building that includes a sports complex and other government facilities.
The group demanded the immediate release of several Guatemala Compound residents who were arrested yesterday. They are Dennis Leona, 21; Romulo Leona, 43; Rodito Yaranon, 34; Jestoni Pagaramo, 17; Jerric Abrogar, 18; Ricardo Tarrago, 20; Michael de Lima, 36 and Gildo Gonzales, 20.

They are currently detained at the Makati City Central Police Station. Since the time of their arrest, there has been no formal charges filed against them.

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