Ridon expects more Kadamay occupation: Sabi nga ni Presidente, don’t blame the poor
The government’s gatekeeper of squatter relocation believes there will be more housing occupation of idle government housing projects by the left-leaning Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) until the the housing backlog is resolved.
“You have houses without people and your people without houses, that is something that I’m quite certain will still, you know, parang another Kadamay will most definitely happen again,” said Presidential Commission on Urban Poor Chair Terry Ridon.
“I cannot speak for Kadamay, ano? But I think more or less talagang ano po ito eh, for as long as we, as government, we failed to resolve the housing problem, talagang ano ho ‘yan eh, it’s going to be a systemic challenge for everyone,” added Ridon, a former representative of the Kabataan party-list, a member of Makabayan bloc in Congress.
Around 5,000 families linked to Kadamay forcibly took over last month six housing projects in Pandi, Bulacan for personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
Forced into a corner, Duterte has decided to let the Kadamay usurpers stay in the housing projects rather than risk a PR disaster of heavily armed soldiers and police forcibly hauling out the illegal occupants. But Duterte declared that the Pandi housing occupation would be the last as he planned to arm guards in other housing projects with a bazooka to hold of any more illegal occupation of government properties.
Ridon, however, was not taking Duterte’s threat literally.
“It serves as a warning that I don’t think that the President will look kindly again for another occupation. But syempre we also wanted to state na this is a systemic matter ‘no that we really have to confront as government so ano ‘yan, talagang if you fail to make actual steps towards resolving the housing crisis, I am quite certain something like this will happen again,” said Ridon.
Ridon believed that the President has a soft heart for the roofless and would likely tolerate more Kadamay-like situations.