Sunday, September 26, 2010

CPP denounces QC demolition as payment for Aquino debt to Ayala oligarchs

CPP denounces QC demolition as payment for Aquino debt to Ayala oligarchs*

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
September 24, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounced the harsh demolition of urban poor homes yesterday by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Sitio San Roque, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City, calling it "bloody payment for Aquino's political debts to the big business oligarchs of Makati."

Scores were hurt when police-escorted NHA demolition teams started wrecking housing structures and applying force as long-time residents of the area fought to defend their homes. "The demolition operations were carried out by the NHA and the PNP in complete disregard of the legal and human rights of the residents and despite their pleadings for renegotiations first," said the CPP.

"The demolition of urban poor homes yesterday in Sitio San Roque was ferociously and pitilessly carried out by the NHA and PNP, showing the Aquino government's determination to pay its political debts to the Ayalas of Makati at all cost," said the CPP. The Ayalas were among the biggest contributors to Aquino's election campaign fund.

The CPP said the demolition of urban poor communities and the takeover by private businesses of land and other assets in the area are being carried out by the US-Aquino regime in accordance with its Private-Public Partnership central thrust that is being promoted by the imperialist International Monetary Fund and World Bank (IMF-WB).

The CPP pointed out that the Ayalas are the principal private investor in the P22-billion Quezon City Central Business District (QCCBD) project to build a new prime commercial and business center on the 30-hectare Sitio San Roque. Under the QCCBD, Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) plans to set up new giant commercial and business establishments in the area. The NHA expects to earn P12 billion from the sale of the property.

"The utter disregard for the rights and interests of the residents of Sitio San Roque in yesterday's demolition gives the lie to Aquino's 'Kayo ang Boss Ko!' bombast," said the CPP.

There are up to 25,000 families living in the area, many of whom have been residents for at least 20 years, and are totally dependent on some jobs and other sources of livelihood in the area. They will all be without any source of income in Montalban, Rizal where the NHA wants to relocate them. Daily fare back and forth to the area, where the residents have jobs and other livelihood, amounts to more than P100 a day. "The residents have all the legal and moral right to defend their homes and lives. They are fully justified to resist the demolition through collective action," said the CPP.

Residents were granted a temporary reprieve when a Quezon City court issued yesterday afternoon a 24-hour restraining order to stop the demolition. However, the NHA insists on pushing through with the demolition in the coming days.

"We can expect more of these forcible evictions of entire communities to be carried out by the US-Aquino regime in the next six years as it seeks to pave the way for the operations of big foreign and comprador businesses in total disregard of the aggrieved people's interests."

"Urban poor and peasant communities must brace for bigger struggles in the coming months and years to defend their land, homes, lives and interests," said the CPP.

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